Seventh Chili-Chowder Challenge to benefit MDA Jan. 28

Jan 02, 2018
Source: File A participant in the 2017 Chili-Chowder Challenge casts her vote. This year's challenge is Jan. 28.

Rockland — For the seventh year, amateurs and professionals are invited to compete with their best chilis and chowders Sunday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. in an event to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event is being organized by the Rockland Professional Firefighters Local 1584 chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters and will be held at Trackside Station, 4 Union St. So far, these events have raised more than $13,000 for MDA.

The public is invited to taste, enjoy and judge the entries, and wnners will be chosen in the professional category, featuring local restaurants, as well as in the individual category.

While the public will still get a say in picking from the entries, new this year is a judging panel. Judges this year include broadcast reporter Don Carrigan of WCSH6, Rockland restaurant owner and chef Lynn Archer, local nurse Sandy Lowe and one more surprise judge to be announced.

Anyone interested in entering a chili and/or chowder for consideration should contact Carl Anderson at 831-9323 or via email at canderson@rocklandmaine.gov The cost is $20 per entry, with all proceeds benefitting MDA.

Along with tasty chili and chowder, there also will be a 50/50, raffle prizes and local 1584 T-shirts on sale. Admission to the benefit is $10 at the door, with proceeds going to MDA. A ballot is included with admission.

For information, contact Anderson. For updates leading up to the event, visit Trackside Station facebook.com/tracksidestation.

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