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Hot competition at cookoff

Dori Blodgett proudly shows People’s Choice Award and second-place ribbon Saturday for her chili entry.
Dori Blodgett proudly shows People’s Choice Award and second-place ribbon Saturday for her chili entry. Photo by Bill Schlichting
Although there were only five cooks who entered the 12th annual Chili Cookoff at the Port of Brookings-Harbor Saturday, the competition was hot and there was no shortage of chili.

There also was no lack of generosity at the event which benefitted Oasis Shelter Home in Gold Beach. At the cookoff, it was announced that $1,036 was raised, with more donations yet to be counted. On Tuesday, that figure increased to $1,224, according to Lea Sevey, Oasis Shelter Home director.

Winning the cookoff was Steve Leach, who presented entry 54, “Uncle Steve’s Sweet and Nasty Chili.” Judges Don Tilton, Kevin Bane and Trinity Sylvester also chose Dori Blodgett’s “No. 18” (her entry number) chili for the second place award and Nanette McDoniels’ “Grandma Nanette’s Homemade Chili,” entry 37, to receive third place. Prizes were $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third.

Also competing were Mac Mazzettia with “Mac’s Chili,” and Canadian challenger Sharal Renfro, a newcomer to Brookings, who submitted her buffalo chili.

People attending also had the opportunity to choose their favorite. Blodgett won the $50 prize for the People’s Choice Award, but the competition was hot.

“People’s Choice was so close it was unbelievable,” said Pat Silveria, owner of Slugs ’N Stones ’N Ice Cream Cones, sponsor of the event.  “The vote spread was only five votes.”

Blodgett received 72 votes, McDoniels earned 69 votes and Mac Mazzettia garnered 67 votes. A total of 261 people cast votes.

Attendance was actually higher as many people were there only to try the chili and chose not to vote, Silveria said. Each cook made at least 4 gallons of chili, providing enough for everyone who attended.

Providing entertainment before the event was the Renegade Line Dancers. During the event The Book Dock Band provided patriotic music.

According to the Oasis Shelter Home Web site, the organization provides emergency shelter for adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Oasis was founded as a result of a grassroots effort dedicated to establishing a haven for victims of family violence in Curry County.

The shelter, which has been housing victims since 1995, has 15 beds, two bathrooms, two laundry rooms and a playroom complete with toys and games and is the only emergency shelter between Coos Bay and Crescent City, Calif., the Web site says.

Oasis operates a toll free hotline and provides outreach services to victims and survivors, which includes children’s programs; peer support groups; educational classes; assistance with restraining orders, housing forms and other documents; distribution of food boxes and donated items; and transportation to court and other appointments.

For information, call Oasis at (541) 247-7600 or (800) 447-1167.

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