Spice it up: First Chili Bowl competition successful

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CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) – What better this winter than to have a nice bowl of chili? Well, Eureka Event Venue and Visit Clearfield County partnered up for their 1st annual chili bowl competition.

On Saturday, nearly 200 people head down to try out chili and sip some local wine vendors at Eureka in downtown Houtzdale.

The event brought over ten chili contestants, both amateur and restaurants, who will compete for three different awards, as well as helping support the PA Wounded Warriors. All this happens while being judged by Pat Domico, founder of Squirrel Tails for Trout.

There will be three awards available for best chili:

  • Best Chili Restaurant division
  • Best Chili Home-Cooked
  • Humanitarian Award

The humanitarian award will go to the participant who collects the most funds for the PA Wounded Warrior Project. Then, the other awards are meant for the best restaurant and home cooking.

In addition to chili there were other foods served such as hot dogs, sloppy joes, and more. Owner of the Eureka Josh Berndt said that the name aligned with the start to the NFL playoffs.

“We are really excited to start a major event like this in the Houtzdale area,” Eureka Event Venue owner Josh Berndt said. “Our community deserves to be noticed for the changes and accomplishments we are making as we revitalize the downtown, and we believe holding events like this will help get the word out and give an awareness of what Houtzdale has to offer.”

Winners of the contest will be announced Monday. The committee plans to have the Chili Bowl Competition become an annual event within the Clearfield Community.

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