Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-off

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004

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The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Association held a Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 9th from at the E. Waldo Ward and Son Ranch.  Nine contestants broke out their chili recipes and local food expert Pat Krok judged who makes the best chili in town.  First prize was a Stock pot/ kitchen utensil set and the winner's name on the perpetual trophy at City Hall.  Second and third place winners received 2nd and 3rd place trophies.  Third place went to Altadena Lions club and Philip Cabot and Rosa Johnson, Second place went to Nate Hyatt of Mountain Views.  The winner was a group of guys who called themselves "The Ugly Brothers" (Tom Wynne, Scott Buchan, and Greg Jorgensen).  Click on a photo below to enlarge it.


Some of the entries in the contest

Entrant Shirley Ward makes last minute preparations

Judge Pat Krok

Some entries

The spoils for the winner

Final adjustments

Judge Pat Krok tests a chili


Some of the crowd waits for the judging to end, so they can try the chilis


Rear, L-R, Dave Felt, Jeff Ward, Kevin Paschall and Richard Ward, that's Jerry Durgerian and Patty White in front

Chef's start to move in as Judge Krok continues tasting

Crowd waits patiently

Judge Krok announces the winners

SMPDA Board member Debbie Henderson looks on

The Ugly Brothers are all smiles as they are announced as winners

Judge Krok congratulates the "Ugly Brothers"

3rd place winner with her trophy

The crowd moves in to eat



Ditto, too

Ditto, three


Our Sincere Thanks to our Sponsors

Gold Level

Arroyo Seco Medical Group


E. Waldo Ward and Son


Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce

Related links

Visit Lizzie's Trail Inn

Visit the Sierra Madre Historical Archives

Past Year Recent Pioneer Days Photo/Video Archives

2003 2002 2000 1999 1998

Some other upcoming Sierra Madre events of interest

Huck Finn Day  March

SMVFA Easter Egg Hunt  April

Sierra Madre Friends of the Library Art Fair  May

Mt. Wilson Trail Race   May

Sierra Madre Surf Club Annual Luau June

Mater Dolorosa Passionist Father's Retreat House Fiesta  June

Fourth of July  July

American Cancer Society Relay for Life  Sept

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Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Association Mission Statement

The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation is organized is the planning and implementation of informative, historically significant, and entertaining activities with the goal of educating our community and interested members of surrounding foothill communities about Sierra Madre's captivating past.