VTC’s chili cook-off returns to modified format this year

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WATERTOWN — Because of the ongoing pandemic, the 2022 North Country Chili Cook-Off won’t be returning to a traditional format this year.

Like the 2021 event, the Volunteer Transportation Center’s annual cook-off will be held in a modified format in February.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event was typically held at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown on the first Saturday of February. In 2021, the modified cook-off was held the entire month of February. Due to high transmission rates of the virus and increased state protocols, the decision has been made to again host the event — which will mark its 23rd year — in a modified format.

“The North Country Chili Cook-Off was known for drawing hundreds to thousands of people each year prior to the pandemic. And we hope to be back to that point in the future,” Jeremiah S. Papineau, director of communications and foundation director for the VTC, said in a news release. “However, as we continue to navigate the pandemic, we have to continue to do so in a responsible way that still keeps the spirit of our event alive.”

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