The Machickanee Players hosted their first Chili Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Legion Golf Course in Oconto. Twelve offerings were entered in four categories: Commercial, Chili With Beans, Chili Without Beans, and the Community Challenge.
The winning entry in the Commercial category was J’s Smokeshack BBQ in Oconto Falls. Jaye and Jennifer Meng, owners, accepted the trophy. Brothers Three, Oconto, came in second.
Winning the Chili With Beans category was Lynn Reed. Susan Groll placed second and Megan Schreiter third.
The Chili Without Beans category was won by the youngest competitor, Pauline Cameron. She also won the Community Challenge award selected by the general public.
Judging for all categories, except for the Community Challenge, was done by a panel of local judges: Gerry Ahlswede, Dave Ahlswede, Brandon Byng, David Gould and Sara Perrizo.
The proceeds from the Chili Challenge will be used to renovate the Park Avenue Playhouse.