Event raises $11,378 for Danville Kiwanis programs

Wow, 25 cooks brought their best chili to our Charity Chili Cook Off. They were all delicious, but someone had to win and this year’s judges selected Boogie Knights, a downtown Danville bar and restaurant. The winners, from left, are People’s Choice, Kevin and Kenda Douglas, Douglas Catering; Boogie Knights owners Justin Fletcher and Ashley Moore; third place, Patrick Barsotti, a candidate for Boyle County District Court judge; and second place, Randell Reynolds. Reynolds took first in 2019. 

Thanks to our generous sponsors and those who purchased tasting tickets and Barsotti’s donation of his winnings, the event raised $11,378 for the Danville Kiwanis. The proceeds fund year-round projects such as back to school supplies and gifts of new clothing, coats, shoes, and small toys for children during the holidays. They also treat several local senior citizens with a luncheon and small gifts during the holidays. They plan to serve 35 children and 15 senior citizens. Individuals supported by the Kiwanis during this time are not served by any other groups. The Kiwanis also use the funds to aid other programs, such as CASA requesting financial support for stuffed bears for the children they serve. A local food bank also has seen a decline in the normal donations this time of year, therefore Kiwanis Club approved a larger-than-normal financial gift. The club provides financial support for a very active “Key Club at Boyle County High School. The Key Club is the high school service club that promotes healthy activities for local youth, book sales and trick or treat events were financially supported by the Kiwanis Club.

Wilderness Trail appreciates everyone who joined us. We try to make this a family-friendly event and we offered free facepainting, pumpkin decorating and a game to search for prizes in tubs of corn.
Earl Cooper offered horse and wagon rides and we had vendors from CBD, Etc., Bluegrass Cigars, Wonderfully Made Bakery and Queen Bee Monograms. The Boyle County Public Library Bookmobile gave out free books and information about programs. We all know firefighters make a mean chili and in addition to competing, they added some pizzazz by bringing out their fire truck. DJ Reece, Maurice Bell, provided the tunes. And the aforementioned Key Club provided help throughout the day.

Our panel of judges had a tough job of eating all that chili and figuring out which one was best. Thanks to judges sports analyst Larry Vaught; Norton Center for the Arts Director Steve Hoffman; Kentucky Sports Radio Commentator Max Duffy; Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Kendall Clinton; and longtime radio personality Charlie Perry.

We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support of the event.

Caldwell Stone
The Advocate-Messenger newspaper
Vendome Copper & Brass Works
WHIR and WRNZ Hometown Radio

Heidelberg, our KY distributors
Kentucky Cooperage, our barrel providers through Independent Stave Co.
PNC Bank
Sellers Manufacturing
Whitaker Bank

Bluegrass IT Services
Bob Allen Motors
Boyle County Judge-Executive Candidate Trille L. Bottom
Buzick Construction
Corning, Inc.
Devine Creations, which provides WTD’s landscaping
Farmers National Bank
Local Termite & Pest Control
Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda

Boyle County Neighbors, Robert Cunningham, publisher
Carol’s Bridal & Gift Boutique
Committe to Elect James “JH” Atkins for Mayor
Sara Henry for Boyle County Clerk
InterCounty Energy Cooperative
Keystone Industrial
McBrayer Legacy Spirits
Tye Financial Group
Walnut Springs Farms, which is owned by Kiwanis member Kathy Miles
Wilson-Reddy for State House


Date: Sep 24, 2022 — Sep 24, 2022