Grinning as they hold their third-place trophy are, from left, Lisa Logan, Bill Wilde and Dawn Reed, who represented Markesan Resident Home in the chili cookoff.
Grinning as they hold their third-place trophy are, from left, Lisa Logan, Bill Wilde and Dawn Reed, who represented Markesan Resident Home in the chili cookoff.

   Rain held off long enough for hundreds of people to keep their stomachs warm and full with chili at the Wisconsin State Chili Cookoff Championship last week Saturday in Green Lake.

   Crowds enjoyed live entertainment from comedian Tim Cavanagh along with music from the band Cannonball.

   The top 10 winners are: 1. Cowpoke’s Chuckwagon Chili Co. of Menasha, Wis.; 2. The Bluff Chili Team of Fond du Lac; 3. Markesan Resident Home of Markesan; 4. Swamp Lake Chili of Westfield, Wis.; 5. Grateful Red of Green Lake; 6. Prairie Doggin Chili of Oshkosh; 7. Billy Bob’s Vodoo Chili of Indian Head Park, Ill.; 8. Panama Red of Madison; 9. Chili Fever of Naperville, Ill.; 10. Richili of North Fond du Lac.

   Other winners included: Chili Park Boys of Menomonee Falls, Wis. (Spicy Award); Victoria’s Secret Spice of Forest Park, Ill. (Showmanship Award); and Swamp Lake Chili of Westfield, Wis. (People’s Choice Award).

   See more photos in the Sept. 12, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.