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Buzz: West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff 2009

By AML Publisher
Photos Courtesy of the West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff

AML Fans: Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff, Sunday October 11th from Noon to 3pm! We will be there with a table to meet and great all of our loyal supporters.

AML Fans: Mark your calendars for the 7th Annual West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff, Sunday October 11th from Noon to 3pm! We will be there with a table to meet and great all of our loyal supporters.

Chili lovers across the Delaware Valley-rejoice! There’s a whole lotta cookin’ going on for the upcoming West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff. The 7th annual event, hosted by the town’s Rotary Club, is a food and chili aficionados dream. The Cookoff returns to downtown West Chester on Sunday, October 11th from noon to 3pm.

Comcast Spotlight is one of the major corporate sponsors who have supported the community event from its inception.Their tented area will keep ‘hungry’ Eagles fans satisfied as they are bringing in large big screen televisions and a makeshift sports lounge to accommodate the crowd. Those attendees whose snag a lucky seat, and some delicious chili, can sit back and capture the Birds 1pm kickoff as they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Scott Mays, a regional director of sales for Comcast Spotlight’s Metro Philadelphia division, says the Chili Cookoff is a great way to connect one-on-one with the community. “It’s a lot of family fun, a lot of organizations come together to cook their best chili and it’s something Comcast looks forward to each year. It’s a great value as well; you pay your fee and off you go to enjoy a fantastic fall afternoon in West Chester. It’s the perfect town and makes for a wonderful day out with family and friends,” said Mays.



Over 60 teams will compete for the People’s Choice Award and the acclaim of having the “Best Darn Chili in Chester County.” These teams will also compete in one of five divisions: Business, Restaurant, Non-Profit, Volunteer Organization or Hometown Cook (for family, friends and neighbors). Thousands of hungry chili fans are expected to gather on Gay Street to vote for their favorite chili and enjoy over forty food, business and craft vendors, as well.

Leigh Timberman of Infiniti of West Chester, the presenting sponsor, says for those who have not had the pleasure of experiencing this great Chester County community event, it’s always a terrific party. “The number one reason we love the Chili Cookoff is that we get to see so many people that are current customers of ours and socially reconnect, shake hands and see how they are doing. And, secondly, the atmosphere is fantastic-it is jammed packed with people, everyone is in a big party mentality and the vendors really take the Cookoff seriously,” explained Timberman. Car lovers will appreciate that Infiniti will be proudly showcasing the new G37 convertible at their tent. It’s an exciting, sleek addition to their line as the three-piece retractable hardtop is the first convertible for Infiniti in over a decade.

7th Annual West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff 2009

So you think you make the Best Darn Chili?

Hurry and enter your chili team online before the final team deadline of September 16. Win cash prizes in five competitive divisions: Restaurant, Business, Non-Profit, Hometown Cook, or Volunteer Organization. Each team will prepare their best darn chili and submit a sample to our panel of local “celebrity judges” who will name the Best Chili in each category. Chili teams can apply online.

Website: www.westchesterchilicookoff.com

Host: West Chester Rotary

What: 7th Annual West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff

Where: Downtown West Chester, PA on Gay Street from High St. to New St. and Chestnut to Market Sts. This is a rain or shine event.

AroundMainLine.com is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of this year’s West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff.

AroundMainLine.com is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of this year’s West Chester Rotary Chili Cookoff.

When: October 11, 2009, Noon to 3pm, Gates open at 10:30, Awards at 3:30pm

Why: The Chili Cookoff is the largest and most profitable fundraiser for the West Chester Rotary Club. Proceeds go directly to programs that the Rotary Club of West Chester supports.

How: Purchase your $10 All-You-Can-Eat Chili wristbands at the event’s sales booths located on each corner of Gay Street during the event. Discounted wristbands available now on line or at the Chamber of Commerce office: 3/$25 from now until Friday, Oct. 9, 2009.

Wristbands: All-You-Can-Eat-Chili wristbands can be purchased on-line prior to the event at a discounted price of 3/$25 at westchesterchilicookoff.com. Wristbands can be purchased the day of the event for $10 at sales booth located at each corner of Gay Street between High Street and New Street.

Fun For The Kids: Kids ten and under eat free with a paid adult. Take your lil’ buckaroos to the YMCA Kiddie Korral for face painting, Moon Bounce fun, arts & crafts and fun games.

Eagles Fans: Never Fear, The Birds are Here! Eagles Fans can watch the Birds take on the Bucs at the Comcast Spotlight Sports Booth/Tent. Several wide screen flat screens are going to cover all the exciting Eagles grid iron action. What could be better than chili and a big Birds win on a crisp fall afternoon?

Cash Prizes: Winner of the 2009 People’s Choice Award will receive a grand prize of $300. Each divisional Chili winner will receive a $250 prize.

No No’s: No Alcohol and No Pets. The West Chester Police will strictly enforce this policy.

PARKING IS FREE. Several parking garages are a short walk to the Chili Cookoff. Remember the Moestellar Garage is being torn down, so your best bet is to go to the one on High Street, right past Market Street. Attendees are also encouraged to park at the Justice Center Garage on Market Street, near Darlington. Street parking is also available.

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