The 26th annual Chili/Chowder Cook-Off will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at The Gingerbread House Restaurant at 55 Carry Road in Oquossoc, according to a news release from the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

There will be three categories of chili: Mild, Two Alarm (medium) and Three Alarm (hot), and a panel of judges will determine the winner in each category. Popular vote will determine the winner of Best Overall Chili.

There will be two different categories for the chowder competition: fish/seafood and vegetable. A panel of judges will determine the winners in each of these two categories, and as with the chili, popular vote will determine the Best Overall Chowder.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Chamber of Commerce office at 6 Park Road.

The event is sponsored by the chamber and Budweiser Beer and is the kick-off event of Snodeo Weekend.

For more information, call Karen A. Ogulnick, executive director, Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce, at 864-5364 or visit rangeleymaine.com.

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