More chili chefs sought

FORT FRANCES—With a little over two weeks to go, the Fort Frances Museum is looking for more chili chefs for its “Great Chili Cook-off” slated on Friday, Sept. 22.
Museum curator and organizer Pam Hawley said yesterday six teams have confirmed their participation so far, including the United Native Friendship Centre, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Rusty Myers Flying Service, federal NDP candidate John Rafferty, Rainycrest Home for the Aged, and the Fort Frances Times.
Hawley noted she’d like to see a full slate of 12 teams compete this year.
Chefs who would like to participate can leave a message at the museum (274-7891).
Meanwhile, cake-makers also are invited to donate creations for the “Great Cake Roulette.”
While the local sorority is rounding up baked goodies for this fundraiser, anyone is welcome to donate and can call the museum to do so.
The chili cook-off is a fundraiser for the museum renovations. Donations of canned goods for the local food banks also will be solicited that day.
This year’s chili cook-off will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in front of Warp 9 across from the museum, which currently is undergoing renovations.
Hosted in the past by the Fort Frances Times, the event is returning after a year-long hiatus, said Hawley.
It first began in 1996, with the ninth-annual chili cook-off in 2004 seeing about 330 people come to the Times’ parking lot with a dozen types of chili to choose from.
Dr. Mike Gerstner, Sherry Armstrong, and Stacey McQuaker (Fort Frances Dental Centre) won the coveted “Chili Bowl” while Jane Hayes, Ramiro Matias, and Donna Patterson (Rainycrest Home for the Aged) took home the People’s Choice award.
The “Great Chili Cook-off” will coincide with the local Business Improvement Association’s “Harvest Days,” which will run Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23,
On those two days, the downtown core will be decked out with hay bales, scarecrows, and other harvest-related trappings, with the BIA encouraging Scott Street businesses to hold sidewalk sales.
And on the Saturday, the 100 block of Scott Street will be closed to traffic to make way for all sorts of fun, including fiddlers, a mini-farmers’ market, kids’ activities, and square dancers.
(Fort Frances Times)