Chili Cook Off Winners Announced

Wilderness Trail’s Charity Chili Cook-Off drew a great crowd of chili lovers.

Of 22 teams, our judges rose to the challenge of choosing the top three from the many delicious entries. The 600 people attending the event voted for their favorite for People’s Choice. From left to right, are winners are: People’s Choice to Kevin and Kenda Douglas of Douglas Catering; second place to Andrew Monroe and his daughter, Calla Monroe of Smokin’ Mo Diesel; tie for third between Julie Sell and Cohen Catron of G’s Chili and Kamikaze Kookers (Terry Gooch, Donna Burdette and Darlene Warner); and first place to Tina Morris of Just Chili’n. Side note, this was Tina’s third year to enter and she is Wilderness Trail’s private barrel program coordinator. Jessica Kendrick, president of the Danville Kiwanis, is next to Tina.

Julie Sell also was entering for the third time. She said she competes because she enjoys socializing and meeting people.

“I don’t care if I win or lose. I just have the best time ever.”

Of course, the real winners are the local youth and senior citizens, who will receive gifts during the holidays. The Kiwanis purchase clothes, shoes and a few toys for about 35 children and a gift card and small gifts for about 15 seniors. They help with school supplies and a variety of other needs for children during the year. With the help of the Chili Cook-Off’s sponsors, the chili cooks and vendors, the Kiwanis can continue spreading some much-needed joy during the holiday season and throughout the year.

Our great sponsors are:

Caldwell Stone
P.E. Labellers
The Advocate-Messenger newspaper
Vendome Copper & Brass Works

Doss & Horky
Kentucky Cooperage, our barrel providers through Independent Stave Co.
Sellers Manufacturing

Central Kentucky Tours
Community Trust Bank
Corning, Inc.
Devine Creations
Farmers National Bank
Innovative Handling Systems
Local Termite & Pest Control
PNC Bank
Turner Labels
Whitaker Bank

Buzick Construction
Carol’s Bridal, owned by Kiwanis member Carol Senn
InterCounty Energy Cooperative
Keystone Industrial
The Junction, event and sports venue
Walnut Springs Farms, which is owned by Kiwanis member Kathy Miles

Date: Sep 23, 2023 — Sep 23, 2023