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Chili Cook-Off a rousing success

Record number attend United Way event

Posted: September 19, 2012 - 10:30pm
Mary Franzen strikes her Marilyn Monroe pose with her team of chili servers Tracey Marchand and Beth Aberle in the Cub Foods booth at United Way's Annual Chili Cook-off in the Westgate Mall Wednesday. This year's Hollywood theme drew a record crowd of 669 chili tasters, who visited 28 stations throughout the mall. For more photos go to <a href="http://spotted.brainerddispatch.com/galleries/index.php?id=541763" target="new">spotted.brainerddispatch.com</a>.  Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch
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Mary Franzen strikes her Marilyn Monroe pose with her team of chili servers Tracey Marchand and Beth Aberle in the Cub Foods booth at United Way's Annual Chili Cook-off in the Westgate Mall Wednesday. This year's Hollywood theme drew a record crowd of 669 chili tasters, who visited 28 stations throughout the mall. For more photos go to spotted.brainerddispatch.com.

Monica Nieman, United Way Executive director, reported that a record 669 people attended the cook-off event held at Westgate Mall in Brainerd/Baxter.

Attendees were treated to live music during the event by singer/musician Tim Mahoney who passed out hundreds of free copies of his latest CD and vouchers for free ice cream cones at the Dairy Queen were provided by United Way partner CTC.

■ Winner of the Corporate Award this year was Black Ridge Bank No. 33.

■ The Non-profit category was won by The Girl Scouts No. 1.

■ The Best Restaurant Chili was Wendy’s No. 29.

■ Best Booth Award was won by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center No. 32.

■ Best Costumes was awarded to Deerwood Bank No. 6.

■ And the popular vote for Best Chili, the Community Choice Award was taken home by Pine River-Backus Family Center.

For more photos go to spotted.brainerddispatch.com.