Chili Cook-Off draws thousands to downtown Brawley

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BRAWLEY – Downtown Brawley’s Plaza Park was closed to street traffic Saturday for the Cattle Call Chili Cook-Off.

This was the first time for the event to be held at Plaza Park.

Gene Brister with KXO Radio was the official Master of Ceremonies and DJ, playing music that permeated the downtown area.

Fourteen teams competed for the coveted Best Chili Award for 2013.

Over a dozen vendors were included in the festivities.

2013 Brawley Cattle Call Queen and Teen Queen presented the awards.

Best Booth display went to National Beef.

In the Best Chili category, 3rd place went to Dead Man’s Chili.

2nd place was Gateway Church.

c-0181st place went to Chili Calientes.

People’s Choice award went to Chili of Brawley.

The City of Brawley and Parks & Recreation worked tirelessly setting up for the event, as well as many volunteers from Brawley Chamber of Commerce and members of the community.

Jason Zara, Executive Director of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce said, “We are very pleased with the turnout for the Cook-Off. We want to thank everyone in the community for coming out and supporting the event and making it a huge success. We’re looking forward to having this event here next year and also our Farmer’s Market later this month.”

Elms Equipment donated equipment for the event.

National Beef donated cases of beef for prizes.

Pepsi of Brawley donated drinks to the cause.

GP Awards donated prizes for the contestants of the Chili Cook-Off.