Saturday at the Logan County Fair means the livestock sale, the tractor pull and the always hotly contested Chili Cook-Off.
This year a dark horse took home a blue ribbon as first-time contestant Gary Kauffman was named the winner in the Spicy Chili Category.
The other cooks who took home the ribbons, however, are all well known in the chili cooking circles in Logan County. Brad Scudds said that he has been cooking chili for 40 years, and his experience paid off as he took home the top prize in the mild chili category. He also placed second in the unique division, coming in behind familiar face Cody Zell and his grilled turkey and white bean chili.
(Pictured above left are the winners at Saturday's Chili Cook Off at the Logan County Fair. Standing in front is Joan Skidmore, and from left to right are Gary Kauffman, Cody Zell, Brad Scudds, and Dick Zell.)
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Cody's dad, Dick, who is a fixture at the Logan County Fair Chili Cook-Off, took home two second place ribbons, coming in second in both the spicy and unique divisions, while Joan Skidmore placed second in the Mild Category.
(Pictured right are Chili Cook-Off judges Celia Jacobs, left, and Melissa Harlow)
The judges were first-timers. The manager of Wendy's has traditionally been asked to judge the southwestern staple, but he was unavailable this year, so two young ladies from Wendy's, Celia Jacobs and Melissa Harlow, offered their palates as judges.