Forestville American Legion Post 209 wins Terryville High School's Chili Cook Off

Published on Monday, 21 March 2022 09:47


BRISTOL – Forestville American Legion Post 209 won Terryville High School’s Chili Cook Off this year, helping students to raise money for a senior trip to Costa Rica.

The contest was held March 18 and saw 20 chili cooks enter. But, when votes were tallied, Post 209’s “The American Chili – the chili that feeds your soul”, made by Commander Brian Avery and his wife, came out on top.

“It was a nice event which helped a good cause while bringing some attention to Post 209,” said Avery. “My wife and I get all of our ingredients from South Side Meat Market, which I think helped bring us over the top. We made a hot chili and a regular chili which still had some heat to it. All of the entries were outstanding but there could only be one winner.”

Avery said that he took “great pride” in helping support the senior trip. The Chili Cook Off, which had been postponed for two years due to the pandemic, is the major fundraiser to pay for this trip.

“They do this every year for the seniors,” said Avery. “In a past year, they took a trip to Paris. Kids have been trying to raise money for this trip since they were freshman, but this was the major fundraiser. We wanted to be a part of it.”

The Chili Cook Off was organized by Shannon Erickson, a world language teacher at the high school. People who came to taste the chili and vote for their favorites paid $8 at the door to try as many entries as they wanted. There were also raffle prizes.

“Thank you to Miss Erickson for putting on this outstanding event,” said Avery. “You did a wonderful job. It was such an honor to be a part of this contest. The American Legion and community events are something that go hand-in-hand. They’re something that we do on an everyday basis as a Post. We would like to thank everyone that voted for the Post chili as being the best chili. We look forward to defending out chili in next year’s contest. ”

Avery also thanked Bruce Barton from American Legion Post 209 who helped him out at the event.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plymouth, Terryville on Monday, 21 March 2022 09:47. Updated: Monday, 21 March 2022 09:50.