Chili cookoff planned |

Chili cookoff planned


Chili fanatics, salsa lovers and people with just a plain old zest for outdoor festivals are getting set for the Topaz Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair on April 21. This is the first chili competition of the season. Admission is free.

Forty cooks will compete for the trophies and the chance to go forward in the International Chili Society championship and visitors will have an opportunity to taste the results for themselves. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Topaz Lodge & Casino at Topaz Lake, Calif., on State Route 395.

Betty Nyswonger, Nevada Gov. Kenney Gwinn’s executive chef, will come down from the capital to join the panel of 20 judges.

This year the cookoff and craft fair, sponsored by Carson Valley Sertoma, will also see a separate competition for Best Salsa and will feature more than three dozen crafter booths, live entertainment, valuable prize drawings all afternoon and food, beer, soft drinks and wine. There will also be other contests for everyone who likes things hot and spicy. All proceeds will go to Carson Valley charities and civic causes.

For instructions for entering the cookoff and other information call Fritz Rubins at (775) 266-3468.

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