16 cooks vie for 2021 Charity Chili Cook Off winner

When the last spoonful was served, judges of the fourth Wilderness Trail Charity Chili Cook Off Sept. 25 declared Macaulay Minton’s seafood-based chili the winner of this year’s event.

Second place went to Mike Southerland and his team of son Joe Southerland and Robin Jones.  Andrew Monroe of Smokin’ Mo Diesel in Georgetown captured third. People’s Choice went to Ernest Gooch and his crew of granddaughter Shooter Gooch, and nieces Ann Richardson and Decarla Bell.

Thanks to Country Boy Brewery for quenching the thirst created by the hot chili. The Danville High School and Bate Middle School girls basketball teams also did their share of thirst quenching with soft drinks and water and offered hot dogs as an alternative to chili. Earl Cooper added to the festive atmosphere by offering horse and wagon rides. See event photos at our Facebook album.

Pat Heist, co-owner of Wilderness Trail Distillery, crooned the tunes for Zella May after the warmup show by Minus 3.

Proceeds from the event support the Danville Kiwanis Local Youth and Senior Citizens programs.  The Kiwanis receive the names of the children they help at the holidays from Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wilderness Trace Child Development Center and Sunrise Children’s Home. No other agency helps these children in this capacity. The winter warmth supplied from your generosity supports a program that began more than 90 years ago. Twenty years ago, the Boyle County Senior Citizens Center became recipients of the holiday project and other programs, too.

Of course, this event wouldn’t be possible without the great support of community sponsors. We’re still tallying the proceeds, but we had a great turnout and will let you know the end result.

Thanks to our awesome sponsors, cooks and tasters, the event raised $7,100 in 2019. 

Our sponsors are:


  • Truist
  • WPBK and WKYB


  • Heidelberg
  • Kentucky Cooperage
  • PNC Bank
  • Sellers Manufacturing
  • The Advocate-Messenger


  • Bluegrass I.T. Services
  • Buzick Construction
  • Community Trust Bank
  • Corning, Inc.
  • Farmers National Bank
  • Stuart Powell Ford Mazda


  • Boyle County Neighbors
  • Bruce Devine Roofing
  • Caverndale Farms
  • Devine Creations
  • Hayslett Mechanical
  • InterCounty Energy Cooperate
  • Keystone Industrial
  • McBrayer Legacy Spirits
  • Walnut Springs Farm

Click on the links below to download forms.

Date: Sep 25, 2021 — Sep 25, 2021