Big turnout for the annual San Augustine Chili Cook-off

Posted by Tina Alexander Sellers

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Seventeen years and the San Augustine Chili Cook-off is still going strong.  San Augustine County is serious about its chili.

"Last year we had 10 this year we had 14.  The event grows and grows every year," Woody Harrison, Chamber President, proudly said.

Naturally, it takes a lot of planning.  Trail Boss Waldo Dalchau was responsible for making sure that happened.  He assumed the role as Chili Cook-off coordinator and his first goal was to increase the number of teams participating.

It takes lots of support.  "We've got 14 enthusiastic, good chili cooking teams comprised of people from across the county, civic groups, fire departments from San Augustine and Broaddus, electric co-ops, rehab centers, Jackson Hill Marina and more."  Not to mention the countless volunteers to help make the event a success.

It takes lots of enthusiasm.  "All these guys just love to cook and it's a big deal for them to come out and participate in what we call best chili."

The teams start cooking at high noon on Thursday at the San Augustine County Youth Exhibit Building.  They don't stop until it's judging time at 5 o'clock.

It is good serious fun for these folks, after-all they're after at least one of three prizes.

Best chili.

Best showmanship.

And, of course, everyone wants the coveted people's choice award.  "If they can please the people of the county, they'll come back and keep making this a successful event," Dalchau said.

By the looks of things, it's going to be another good year.

Following the judging, the chili will be available for sale to the public.  Chili sale proceeds will be used to further promote the Chamber and San Augustine County.

If you missed the chili cook-off, there's still fun to be had.  The Chili Cook-off and Rabbit Show is the kick-off to The Annual Junior Livestock Show going on through Saturday.

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