Saturday evening, Feb. 18, the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Department held its first annual chili cook-off at Dorchester's Community Hall and American Legion Hall. (UPDATE: The winner was Brant Pracheil, while Sharon and Harold Axline took second place; coming in third place was Velder Taxidermy and Big T's Restaurant.)
From all reports e-mailed to the Dorchester Times, the fundraiser was a smashing success.
One source told us that she estimated around 375 attending the cook-off.
A freak February warm spell likely helped attendance as temperatures pushed 70 degrees as the doors opened at 4:30 p.m.
York's Max Country radio station, 104.9 FM, was even there to provide coverage.
This was a major event for Dorchester's volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel, intended to help provided much needed funds for new equipment and to help cover expenses.
Those who attended were able to sample an amazing array of nine different chili soup concoctions, made by Dorchester business owners. (Correction: There were nine servers, not eight as we originally reported.)
Businesses that took part in the event were:
- City Slicker's Restaurant;
- Novak Auction Service
- Big T's BBQ Pit Stop;
- Farmers Cooperative;
- Sharon Axline's Hair Salon;
- Tyser Auto Sales/Tyser Repair;
- BP Agronomics (Brant Pracheil);
- Bill Velder Taxidermy; and
- Mrs. G's Country Cooking.
The Times has not yet received word on a dollar amount regarding total funds raised last night, but those attending who we've spoken to said the fundraiser was one of the best community events in recent memory. One told us, "We wish this were a monthly event."
Must have been some good chili!