The bonds of respect and of love that exist between the Surface Creek Valley community and the Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department came out in full display again at the annual chili cook-off last Thursday, Oct. 1.
Event organizers estimated that 700 people were served during the three-hour-long event. They enjoyed chili samplings offered by themselves and their neighbors from 92 different crocks and cookers donated by community members.
In the chili judging part of the event, Marcy Peterson took first place for two of her recipes -- first in the hot chili category, and first in the green chili category.
Judges' opinions also determined that Beth Meyers had cooked up the best pot of red chili at this year's event.
The event benefits the firefighters of the volunteer department. The members of the volunteer fire department comprise a separate organization from the tax funded Fire District #3. This year's event raised money that will be used to purchase rescue equipment, needed for extraction situations, and for communications upgrades, according to organizer Robin Melson.
Technology is constantly moving forward, and communications is an area where upgrades always need to be made. The 2015 chili cook off event contributed $6,521 to the fund that will be used to make the fire department even more effective in its mission of protecting the community's people and property safe from fire.
Chili cook-off organizers acknowledged they could not have staged the successful event again this year without the amazing and much appreciated support of the sponsors who contributed, to the chili chefs who cooked and donated chili with their considerable skills, and to the entire community for coming out to participate and support the fire department.
The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historial Society will host its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 at the Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. There will be music, refreshments and a guest speaker, Robert Sibernagel. He is well known in the area as he writes regional history columns for The Daily Sentinel. He was formerly the editorial page editor for that paper for 19 years.