If you are looking for something fun for the entire family, don’t miss the 5th Annual Kids YMCA Chili Cook Off this Sunday, March 10, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Towanda Gun Club. Twenty youth contestants will be hoping to bring home the Trophies for the Peoples’ Choice Awards and the Judges’ Awards. The cost is $10 per person to taste and vote for the chili, and $25 a family.
The judges this year include Towanda Mayor Garrett Miller, Towanda Gun Club Board Member Kevin Clark, and four-time contestant and winner Jacob Girven.
Last year, the Judges crowned Jacob Girven as the Marie Keeney Award – 1st Place, named for the late Wyalusing restaurant owner whose love for food and cooking inspired the YMCA Kids’ Chili Cook Off. Kayleigh Johnson and Noelle Bailey took home 2nd and 3rd place trophies from the Judges. Peoples’ Choice Award Winners were Izzy and Lila Larson in 1st place, Jacob Girven in 2nd place, and Emma Bridge in 3rd place.
Kids learning to cook recipes handed down from generation to generation or trying new and exciting flavor combinations with their family promotes the core mission of the YMCA.
Shannon Clark, chairperson of YMCA Chili Cook-off said that the Committee is very excited to see the kids compete this year. The #YMCAinspires team has raised over $8,000 for the YMCA Annual Campaign.
All the proceeds from the day’s events go toward the YMCA’s Annual Campaign scholarship program. Last year, the event raised enough money to provide 20 youth memberships for kids at the Bradford County YMCA.
The collaboration of so many volunteers, the support of the local school districts and the generosity of local businesses including the Towanda Gun Club, PS Bank, and Hurley Supermarkets have created a very positive, fun event for a great cause.