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Annual Chili Cook-off coming up in February

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The Volunteer Transportation Center will mark the 25th anniversary of its annual North Country Chili Cook-Off in February.

As introduced last year, the event will be held in a hybrid format that will include the in-person event at the Dulles State Office Building along with offerings at participating restaurants and businesses in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

The event will culminate with the in-person event at the state office building, 317 Washington St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24.

“We’re excited to be back for what will be our 25th anniversary of this fun community event and crucial fundraiser,” said Jeremiah S. Papineau, director of communications and foundation director for the VTC. “We had great success last year by marrying the restaurant-to-restaurant format we offered during the COVID-19 pandemic with our traditional in-person event. It was the best of both worlds.”

Last year nearly 30 restaurants in the tri-county area participated and 17 teams competed at the Dulles State Office Building.

The restaurant-to-restaurant format will run Feb. 1-21.

Participating restaurants and businesses will make available samples of their chili entries during regular hours of operation during that time and the public will be able to vote for their favorite entries. The entry with the most votes will receive a plaque denoting them winner of the People’s Choice Award for the tri-county competition. In addition, participating locations will again be able to compete for the Top Fundraiser Award by collecting donations for the Volunteer Transportation Center Foundation. The participating team with the highest amount raised will receive this special recognition. Winners of both awards will be recognized at the in-person event at the Dulles State Office Building on Feb. 24.

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