The weather was perfect for Jason Tredway’s “Chili While it’s Chilly” event Saturday, Feb. 19, at Sugar Hill’s American Legion Post 127. Tredway and his crew at the Legion held the chili cookoff to raise funds for the families of local vets and to facilitate outreach projects. 

Twenty entries were submitted from Legion members, community members and a few local businesses. Together, more than 100 attendees were treated to samples from over 40 gallons of various types of chili, including Cold Smoked Brisket, Ring of Fire Three Pepper Beef, Mexican Roasted Corn and Smoked Pork, Seafood, Byrd’s Bison and Curt’s “None of your Business” Chili.

Voting was left to the palettes of the attendees who chose Allen and Jeanie Brown’s spicy Three Meat Chili made with bison, wild boar and beef.  

With their $20 cover charge, a little more than $2,000 was raised for local vets and their families. 

“We had a great turnout to support the mission of the American Legion,” said Buford resident Whitney Simone, who is a member of the Legion and was a contest entrant. Simone cooked up her “Kitchen Sink Chili #17” for the competition.

Tredway is looking forward to the next cookoff fundraiser his group will host at Post 127. The Second Festival of Bacon will be held in May.

FEATURED PHOTO: Allen and Jeanie Brown, the winners of the American Legion Post 127’s “Chili While it’s Chilly” chili cookoff event held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, pose with their grand prize award donated by Georgia Decal Gal. Photo courtesy of Jason Tredway/American Legion Post 127. 

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