It is time to bust out that secret recipe and gather the cowgirls and cowboys. If you have a little feistiness in you, call up that neighbor or business and lay down a little challenge. Your entries should make their way to Erin Dunn at the Chamber office by noon on July 11 to kick off the 2014 Fortuna Rodeo.
Entry forms for the chili cook off and vendors can be found at the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce office located at 735 14th Street or online at www.fortunachamber.com.
This year chili contestants will be fighting for one of 11 titles. Keep in mind that some titles can only be held by certain competitors. If you are a first-time chili competitor, you will be trying to wow the judges for a chance at the coveted title of "Rookie of the Year." Maybe you are a caterer or work a restaurant and will be working up a sweat to win the title of "Best Professional Chili."
Not everything is about the chili. Awards go out to the best dressed team, best team name, and best booth. Plus is you really want to spice things up work hard to bribe the judges and earn "Judges' Favorite Bribe" or make nice with the competition to earn "Contestants' Favorite."
Every year brings new attempts at the very hottest chili for the beloved "Fortuna's Hottest Chili" title. Meat lovers often try and soften the hearts of the local cattle industry to win "Cattlemen's Association Best of Beef Chili" award.
No Fortuna chili cook off is complete without a "Fortuna's Best Chili" award. The best is saved for last when the people are heard and in some cases bribed to pick one chili to receive the "People's Choice" award.
All teams will pay a $25 entry fee and will be provided with 5 pounds of ground beef to use in their chili. Teams will need to make chili and provide 3 to 4 ounce non-Styrofoam bowls, spoons, and napkins for 700 people.
If you would like to compete or have a vendor booth now is the time to get a hold of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce and get your entry secured. Chamber CEO Erin Dunn can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.