The 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off!
Our weekend started out Friday as campers rolled into the campground. After getting settled, everyone that didn’t feel like cooking came down to the pavilion for our weekly buffet. It was delicious!! Once dinner was cleaned up, it was time for an exciting game of Snack Time BINGO. Who doesn’t want to win a bunch of snacks?! The game was played by exchanging any type of snack (candy bar, nabs, chips, etc.) for Bingo cards – with the turnout we had, the coverall became very large – upping the stakes of the game even more! Our lucky coverall winner got to take home an entire bag of snacks, stuffed to the brim & then some!! Congratulations!!
Saturday morning started out early. The Chili Cook-Off contestants set up and got ready to prepare their chili from scratch. At 8am, contestants were given the OK to start cooking. Everyone got busy browning their meats, chopping vegetables, and adding all those secret ingredients to their chili. 4 hours of time was allotted to cook the chili from start to finish.
While the mouthwatering smell of chili cooking filled the campground, children of all ages gathered in front of the pavilion for our Kids Craft Hour. It’s always really neat to see how creative they get with their crafts and the way their imagination runs wild!
At noon all chili cooking stopped and our 3 judges came in to taste all the wonderful chili. They were given a 1oz tasting of each as they moved down the line judging on color, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste. Once the judges finished tasting all 18 different chilies, they tallied their scores to determine who took home 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize. A special thank you to Jim Glass with US Foods, Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith, and Billy Johnson a local area cook, for coming in and being judges for our Chili Cook-Off!! At 1:00 campers were invited in to taste all the deliciousness and vote for the Campers Choice Award. Prizes weren’t awarded until later in the evening though, making us all wait with anticipation to find out who won what!!
SAFC’s House Band “Hott Mess” joined us Saturday night playing all our favorite classic rock tunes. The dance floor filled up quickly as the band rocked on!
As promised, we presented our Chili Cook-Off awards when the band took a short break. 1st prize went to Thomas Robertson, coming in with a score of 120 points! 2nd prize went to Teresa Dabowski – with a score of 114 points, and 3rd prize went to Dennis Miller – with a score of 109 points. Congratulations y’all!! Next up was the Camper’s Choice Award, the contestant that had the most tickets in their jar at the end of the tasting was Nicole Rutherford – racking up a total of 39 votes. Congratulations Nicole!!
We interrupted the band one last time later in the night to do our 50/50 Raffle Drawing. Our lucky winner this weekend took home $426! Congratulations!!
Theresa Moore closed out our weekend activities on Sunday morning as campers gathered at our “church with no walls” and listened to a delightful message titled “Talk Yourself Happy Part 2: The Power of Love Will Set You Free”.
This weekend came and went in the blink of an eye, but as the old saying goes “time flies when you’re having fun”! As always, we would like to thank everyone who came and camped with us this weekend – you guys are the ones that make it possible for us to have the events and activities that we do and we’re greatly appreciative of your continued support. See y’all again soon!!