Conkling Hall seeks chili connoisseurs and cooks
RENSSELAERVILLE — ’Tis the season for a ride into the country to view the changing leaves. What would make the excursion perfect is a stop for some prize-winning chili in a charming mountain village decked out in fall colors.
You will find just that on Oct. 12, from noon to 3 p.m., when Conkling Hall in picturesque Rensselaerville is presenting its traditional Chili Cook-Off. Four hearty samples cost $12.
You can double the fun if you make a mean chili to put into the Cook-Off competition. The historic hall is calling all serious chili makers to enter their favorite recipe and compete for cash prizes.
There are four categories for entries: Traditional Hot, Traditional Mild, Anything Goes!, and Local (made with at least three local ingredients). Each entrant must arrive at 11 a.m. with six quarts of chili in a crockpot. The entry fee is $15 per batch.
Complete information and a mail-in registration form are online at http://www.blacksheepdesigns.com; online registration and information http://www.forpr.net/Chili2013form.htm; or call 797-3902 or 797-3114.
The Conkling Hall Chili Cook-Off is a major fund-raising event for this 167-year old historic site in Rensselaerville. The hall, located just off Main Street, provides space for frequent community events: movies, plays, concerts, dances, children’s and senior activities, exercise classes, dinners, and meetings.
Editor’s note: Mary Ann Ronconi is a volunteer doing publicity for the event.