BRAWLEY-The aromaÂ of homemade chili, and hungry taste-testers, filled the cordoned off Brawley Plaza forÂ the 2014 Cattle Call Chili Cook-Off held on Saturday morning.
The 29th annual event, sponsored byÂ the Brawley Chamber of Commerce,Â was the happening place to be.Â With small townÂ home-cooking and family fun, the chili cook-off was theÂ center of entertainment in town.
As children formed long lines, waiting withÂ anticipation forÂ their wild rideÂ on the mechanical bull, other visitors enjoyed the free necklace-making, crafting cornerÂ that wasÂ made accessible by the Rain Forest Art Project.
“We came to sample the wonderful chili and bring the kids to have a good time, its great,” said Brawley resident Gabriel Lugo, as his son Estaban Lugo, 11, held on for dear life asÂ the mechanical bull spun him every which direction.
Participating as judges for The People’s Choice award consisted of guests donating $2.00, then given designated bracelets and a ballot. The braceletÂ allowed them to sample 11 different home-made chili’s and vote on a small ballot forÂ their “favorite chili”.
Los Chilis Calientes, of Desert RV, captained by Joel Gonzales, won the coveted first place award in the Cattle Call Chili Cook-off. Â “Just In Case” won the Best Booth award, their name a play on the tractors they sell at Jordan Implement. With another witty title, Chili of Brawley, from the City of Brawley, took the “People’s Choice” honors.
“We have all different judging we do, we judge for the best chili, peoples choice, best decorated booth and so much more,” said Ceci Gastelo as she handed out ballots for participant’s to join in the fun.