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Urbana hosts 6th Annual Simon Kenton Chili Festival, Hiltibran named Queen (Audio and pictures included)

The Sixth Annual Simon Kenton Chili Festival took place on Saturday in downtown Urbana.

Courtney Hiltibran (pictured) was named Queen of the Festival.

Chairman of Publicity Sandy Gonzalez recaps the event.

The main event was a chili cookoff, and bringing home the first place title and the $1000 prize was “Keithspice” from Keith, Heather, and Alina Dawson.

The winners will advance to compete in the National Homestyle Chili Contest Friday, October 5, in Charleston, WV.

Taking second place and winning $500 was “E-1101” from Scott and Aimie Scanmara, Scott Best, and Laura DeWert.

In third, winning $300 was “Hot Rods Racin’ Chili” from Nancy and Rod Herron, and Debbie Garrity.

The $200 fourth place prize went to “Kingscreek United Flamin' Methodist” by Kim Broshes, Barb Fields, Deb Alltop, and Cheryl Gay.

In fifth place, winning $100, was the entry from the Champaign County Library, created by Ty Henderson, Alan Padilla, Cassy Roosa, and Karen Faulkner.

The Festival is just one of many events the Urbana area offers year round.

Gonzalez talks about the many events, as well as what downtown Urbana's downtown experience.

Other Fesitval awards:

The People's Choice award (won by ballots purchased for $1.00 by the public) was “Fire In The Hole” from Nikki Salyers, Matt Sweeney, and Richie Tomblin.

The Best Decorated Booth award First Place was won by “Gass Masters” by Jason Rosebrough, Jeff Shuttle, and Roger Baire, while another second place was brought home by the E-1101 team of Scott and Aimee Scancara, Scott Best, and Laura DeWert.

Lastly, the Jalapeno Eating Contest ended in a tie, with both winners picking up $100 prizes. John Rosales and Brad Wallace each ate 13 peppers.

Hear Gonzalez talk about funds raised with Bill Tipple.

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