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posted: 10/15/2012 2:29 PM

Chili contest to support Elburn charity

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Submitted by Conley Outreach Community Services

Kuipers Family Farm is partnering with the Chili Appreciation Society International at its annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Oct. 20.

CASI is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising money for charities around the country through the promotion of chili. This year's event will benefit Conley Outreach Community Services' grief services. For over 25 years Conley Outreach has provided free grief support through small groups, family events and its Good Grief Day Camp. Cookoff proceeds will be used to offset the cost of these programs.

About 20 cooks are expected for the event, but walk-ins are welcome. Registration forms and entry requirements can be found at and may be turned in the morning of the event.

The cost of registration is $20 per cook/team. Cooks must report to the Kuipers office by 9 a.m. the day of the event. All chili submitted for judging must be made on site from scratch. Extra crockpots of pre-made chili are acceptable for the public tasting portion of the event. Judging begins at 2 p.m. The public is invited to sample the entries and vote for their favorites also beginning at 2 p.m. for a $5 donation.

Come out and enjoy a perfect fall day on the farm. Warm up with chili while supporting Conley Outreach's grief programs.

Kuipers Family Farm is at 1N318 Watson Road, just north of Keslinger Road in Maple Park. For information about the cook-off, contact Cheryl Hackbarth, (815) 827-5200, ext. 103 or More information about CASI can be found at