MONMOUTH — Local businesses, individuals and organizations are pulling together to fight cabin fever from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, for the Monmouth Chili Chowder Challenge at Monmouth Fish & Game, 347 U.S. Route 202.

The event will feature awards for Best Chili, Best Chowder, and Kickin’ Cornbread. Suggested donation to taste the culinary delights is $5 per person, $20 for families (up to 6).

Proceeds will support the Monmouth Families Helping Families Monmouth Food & Fuel Assistance program started by Nancy Ludewig and Darlene Sanborn to help Monmouth families during difficult winter months and throughout the year. This year the program is being extended to include nonprofits that help with food for families in need.

To reigster, call Sanborn at 933-2557 or 446-6552 before Jan. 22, there is no fee to enter. Two awards will be presented: A People’s Choice Award, as in the previous years, and a Judge’s Award: Best Chili, Best Chowder, Best Cornbread.

The 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, Monmouth Lion’s, TJ’s Place, Women’s Fire Auxiliary, the Town Office, the Transfer Station, and others.

This year’s event supports Cottrell/Taylor Christmas Baskets 2016, the program of which provided for 68 families in Monmouth this past Christmas. Donations also can be made to the town’ fuel assistance fund.

People also are encouraged to see this year’s Pastel Tumbler quilt on display at Apple Valley Bakery, Main Street, Monmouth. All proceeds support Monmouth Weekend Backpack Program. Raffle tickets cost $2 each or two for $5. The drawing is March 9.

For more information, call 441-7071.


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