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Rosemount United Methodist Chili Cook-off returns Sunday

The Rosemount United Methodist Chili Cook-off trophy is getting pretty full. Twelve names have been inscribed on the prize and on Sunday a 13th winner will be added.

Rosemount United Methodist Church will hold its 13th chili cook-off starting at noon March 2. Organizer Rich Wirt said the event offers some spicy fun.

The cook-off raises money for the church’s Missions Team. The team helps locally and globally through a number of programs. On a global level the team sponsors two missionaries. In the Twin Cities the money helps provide meals and services to the homeless through the Simpson Shelter and the Family Place. And finally here, in Rosemount funds, support the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center.

Annually, the event draws more than 40 contestants. Missions Team member Rich Wirt said the chilis vary from white chili, to red chili, chicken chili and more.

Three judges will choose the top chef. Awards will be given out to Most Creative Chili and People’s Choice as well.

Pastor Paul Baudhuin said while it’s competitive, it’s all in good fun. This year, a special guest will be in attendance. New Minnesota and Dakotas Bishop Bruce Ough is scheduled to preach at all three services Sunday and then will stick around to taste some chili.

“It’s a big deal for us,” said Baudhuin.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $5 per person with a $15 family cap. For that fee, attendees can taste as many of the chilis as they like.

The event also will feature a silent auction. Wirt said the team has collected baskets for attendees to bid on. Members of the church have donated services and various articles to bid on.

Generally the event draws several hundred people, so Wirt recommended getting there early.

Rosemount United Methodist Church is located at 14770 Canada Ave.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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