37th Annual Sertoma Chili Cook-Off Held

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Hundreds of people came out to the Springfield Expo Center Saturday to try all kinds of chili. 

It was the 37th Annual Sertoma Chili Cook-Off

Local restaurants, organizations and businesses were all competing for the title of Best Chili in Town.     

Proceeds from the event go to the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield. 

To date, the cook-off has raised $2.5 million. 

This year, 75 teams competed so you can imagine there was plenty of chili to taste. 

“We have a great time,” Steve McDonald, Hillbilly Mud Run cook, said. “The place just packs in. Everybody’s in a great mood and we start handing out chili. We made a coon, possum, and armadillo chili this year so it’s a lot of fun for us.”

“Made with real possum parts?” a reporter asked.

“No, can’t do that,” McDonald said, laughing.

Heim Young & Associates were the judge’s choice grand champion. 

The Springfield Police Officer’s Association won the people’s choice. 

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