MONMOUTH — Local businesses, individuals, and organizations are pulling together to fight cabin fever for the 2nd Monmouth Chili Chowder Challenge on Jan. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Monmouth Fish & Game, 347 U.S. Route 202. The event features awards for Best Chili, Best Chowder, and Kickin’ Cornbread, according to a news release from Families Helping Families Monmouth Fuel Assistance. Suggested donation to taste these culinary delights in $5 per person $20 for families up to six members. Proceeds will support the Families Helping Families Monmouth Fuel Assistance program started by Nancy Ludewig and Darlene Sanborn to help Monmouth families during difficult winter months and throughout the year.

To register, contact Sanborn at 933-2557 or 446-6552. There is no fee to enter, and people are encouraged to register no later than Jan. 22. The winner in each category gets bragging rights for a year publicized on the Families Helping Families Monmouth Fuel Assistance Facebook page.

The Monmouth Chili Chowder Challenge will include family recipes from businesses, community organizations, and individuals including the Monmouth Fire Department, the Monmouth Police Department, Norton/Davis Insurance, Monmouth Museum, Friends of Cumston Library, and many others.

Also, see this year’s FHFMFA ‘Blue Moon’ quilt on display at Apple Valley Bakery, Main Street, Monmouth. Tickets are $4 each or three for $10. Drawing is March 9. For more information, call Nancy at 933-4677 or 441-7071.

For more information about the event, call Sanborn or visit the Facebook page.

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