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  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

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    (lft-rt) Mooresville Soup Kitchen volunteers, George Zevan, Bill McConnell, and Ed St. John served up a passel of steaming chili samples at the Great Chili Cook-Off.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

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    An estimated 4,000 people made their way through an aisle of 40 chili cooking teams, sampling little bits of chili as they went, recording favorites on their journey.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

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    Schawnelle Cherry, Diana Howard, Jill Phillips, and Lisa Cudmore served chili in style for the Future Fashion Designers Academy.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

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    The Troutman Rotary Club cooked 20 gallons of delicious chili for carry-out orders or to eat on the spot.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

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    Top of the Lake Rotarian Alec Natt and his friend Tom Tedrow of Davidson started cooking chili at 8am in the driveway. By the afternoon they were stirring up 8 gallons of steaming chili at the cookoff. "It's a labor of love," says Natt as he gives out another taste of chili.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

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    Tom Tedrow of Davidson started cooking chili at 8am before moving on to the afternoon chili cookoff festivities at Mooresville Town Square Shopping Center.
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    The day also featured music by Darrell Harwood and The Coolwater Band, balloon rides, an AcroFitness performance, a kids zone with bouncy houses, karaoke, and a beer tent.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

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    The day also featured music by Darrell Harwood and The Coolwater Band.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

    Laura Mueller

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    Forty chili cooking teams handed out samples of chili, compete with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar on request.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

    Laura Mueller

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    Forty chili cooking teams handed out samples of chili, compete with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar on request.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

    Laura Mueller

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    An estimated 4,000 people made their way through an aisle of 40 chili cooking teams, sampling little bits of chili as they went, recording favorites on their journey.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

    Laura Mueller

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    The trophy for the Best 5 Alarm Chili Firefighter Division went to the Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Station.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

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    (lft-rt) Elyse McKeowne, 12, and Grace Krohn, 10, volunteered with the Future Fashion Designers Academy to serve chili in style.
  • 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

    Laura Mueller

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    Forty chili cooking teams handed out samples of chili, compete with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar on request.

The Great Chili Cook-Off

Posted: Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

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Laura Mueller

Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at www.lauramuellerphotography.com.

October first welcomed cool weather, long sleeves and all kinds of steaming hot chili to the 3rd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off held at Mooresville Town Square.

An estimated 4,000 people made their way through an aisle of 40 chili cooking teams, sampling little bits of chili as they went, recording favorites on their journey. Phili Chili, Cinci Chile, Texas Chili, White Chili, Veggie Chili and Chicken Chili were among the many varieties available.

Mooresville Rotary Club, Top of the Lake Rotary, The Mooresville Lake Norman Rotary Club, and Rotary Club of Troutman joined together to host the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit local charities including the HealthReach Community Clinic, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, and SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).

The day also featured an AcroFitness performance, a kids zone with bouncy houses, karaoke, a beer tent, and music by Darrell Harwood and The Coolwater Band.

Top of the Lake Rotarian Alec Natt and Tom Tedrow of Davidson started cooking chili at 8am in the driveway. By the afternoon they were stirring up 8 gallons of chili at the event. “It’s a labor of love,” says Natt as he gives out another taste of chili.

Awards included cash prizes for the best hometown cookers - Nicole Greer, Jim Davidson, and Matt Eisbrener. People's Choice award went to The Meat Center, Best Restaurant Chili to Pellegrino's Trattoria, and Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Station got the prize for Best Five-Alarm Chili.

The Rotary fundraiser brought in over $12,000. ‘It’s all for the charities,” said event co-chair Linda DiTrolio, “The money that we give to these organizations makes a tremendous difference.”

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