Record entries for this week’s Buchanan Chili Cook-off

BUCHANAN — For a mere $2, people will have the opportunity to eat two ounces worth of each of the 42 entries in this year’s Buchanan Chili Cook-off.

Organizer Randy Hendrickson said, by his math, that translates to just more than five pounds of chili.

“That’s a lot of chili,” said the executive director of the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the event along with Buchanan Meadows Meridian Senior Living.

This year’s chili walk — the 10th annual event — is scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in downtown Buchanan.

Hendrickson said they have double the number of chili entries featured in last year’s cook-off, a testament to the hard work of chili committee members.

Nearly 500 people took part in the chili walk last year.

“I think we are finally getting some traction with the event. People are recognizing it as a kick off to the summer event season in Buchanan,” Hendrickson said.

Front Street from Red Bud to Oak Street will be closed during the chili walk.

To get started, attendees will need to purchase a spoon and a map for $2 at the Buchanan District Library. The chili tasting locations are spread throughout the downtown, giving people a chance to see the many businesses and organizations that the city has to offer.

A portion of the proceeds collected will be donated to Wesner Automotive’s Toys for Tots Program.

Awards will be handed out for judge’s choice, people choice, best named chili and most spirited team.

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