There was lots of hot food and fun at Shelburne Chili Cook-off

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By Amy Woolvett

There was a lot of fun, great food and friendly competition to be had at the first Shelburne Chili Cook-off but it was Our House Youth Wellness Centre that benefited greatly.

Cpl. Darren Stevens with the Shelburne RCMP and his wife Diane Stevens brought the event to Shelburne for the first time and it was a great success.

 There were 17 competitors with steaming hot pots of chili of many variations hoping to vie for the title of best chili.

All money raised was donated to Our House Youth Wellness Centre and they said it was one of their most successful fundraising events.

“It was a huge success,” said Jennifer Huskilson, director of Our House Youth Wellness Centre.

She said she was impressed with the effort put into the event by the Stevens.

Youth from Our House jumped in to help too, including Hannah Smith and Morgan LeBlanc who braved the streets in giant, sparkly chili pepper costumes to attract cars and people off the streets.  They did so well, several bowls were slung roadside to hurried customers.

There was $1200 raised that day and Cpl. Stevens expects the event to grow each year.

He wanted to thank Sobey’s for their contribution, the five judges and the public for their support.

First prize went to Back Draft from the NSCC, 2nd prize All Gased Up from Shelburne Café/ Shelburne Association Supporting Inclusion and 3rd place went to the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department.

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