The Cleghorn Lions Club is sponsoring its 3rd annual "soup and chili cook off" on Oct. 29 from 5 p.m.. to 7 p.m. at the Meriden Fire Station. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used for the Cleghorn Lions Club scholarship fund environmental/beautification projects and a number of charitable causes.
In addition to the cook-off, a bake sale fund raiser is being added this year for David Hohbach due to extensive medical expenses in recent months. The Maryhill Youth group is sponsoring this event.
The Cleghorn Lions are encouraging organizations, churches, businesses, clubs, school boosters and organizations, city councils, American Legion and Auxiliaries, 4-H Clubs, fire departments and individuals/families to participate in the fun by making thei favorite batch of chili or soup. Last year there were at least 18 entries and a good response is hoped for this year. Folks had fun decorating their tables for the presentation of their soup or chili.
This year, one may enter one of the three following categories: (1) broth based soup, (2) cream based soup or (3) chili. Entrants are encouraged to wear attire to stimulate interest in their tasting station or wear Halloween costumes. Creative attire and Halloween costumes will be judged and recognized during the trophy presentation at 7 p.m.
Again this year, a processed hog will be raffled off with chances being sold by the Lions Club members. The winner doesn't have to be present to win. Three chances will be available for $5 or $2 for one ticket.
Entries in the "soup or chili cook-off" will require one crock pot of their special soup or chili with the recipe posted and visible to the public as they advance from station to station. All community supporters who attend will be given a cup and spoon to sample each of the different soup and chili recipes and six dry beans. As the participants move from station to station tasting the various recipes, and having deciding which six they like the best they can drop an uncooked bean in a container representing that recipe. The ones who receive the most beans will win the cook-off.
When the competitors receive a dry bean, the are encouraged to make noise to alert the crowd they just received a vote which is definitely part of the fun.
Following the voting process, the public may go to the potato bar (with plenty of toppings), get a beverage and finish the evening with ice cream provided by the Cleghorn Lions Club.
There will be entertainment provided on a timely basis during the evening. A response is needed within the week in order to promote who is participating. Give Bob Byers a call at 436-2552.
Each year the event has increased in popularity and is truly a fun , family activity. Mark your calendars.