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FVC maintains Peoples’ Choice Best Chili, Hanging Dipper Horse Training takes Judges’ Choice Best Chili at Cook-off PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:05

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta Chamber Christmas Kick-off was held Monday night at the Wauneta American Legion Hall. Approximately 150 people attended the event.

The evening was full of activity including the fourth annual Chili Cook-off, second annual Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, musical entertainment by Wauneta-Palisade kindergartners and preschool children and an Angel Tree organized by the Wauneta United Methodist Church.

Shane Anderson with Frenchman Valley Coop won the Peoples’ Choice award for best chili for the second year in a row.

Forrest Matti prepared the chili that won the Judges’ Choice award in the Chili Cook-off. He was representing Hanging Dipper Horse Training LLC owned by Kenny and Barb Smith. The designation was held by Kip and Terry Engell with HomeTown Agency for the past two years.

Other contestants in the Chili Cook-off included Rogan and Ashley Einspahr with Wauneta Roller Mills and Beau Kramer with Hunter’s Haven.

Tom and Katie Weigel, Dalton Harchelroad and Will Echols served as judges for the Chili Cook-off.

The Christmas Tree decorating contest was a close one. The best tree was chosen by those who attended the event. After all votes were counted, including a tie-breaker and recount, Leanne Hunt won the title of best decorated tree again this year.

Other contestants in the Christmas Tree decorating contest included Ashley Einspahr, Cindy and Logan Fischer and Dawn Doetker and Lindsey Anderson with Little Broncs and Tots Daycare.

The Angel Tree will be moved to Valley Bank for the duration of the season. Those who were unable to choose an “angel” at the Christmas Kick-off may go to the bank to pick one up. Wrapped presents should be returned to Valley Bank and Trust along with the “angel” tag.

Chamber representatives said they collected nearly $500 from the event. The funds will be added to an account at the Village of Wauneta to pay for new flags and banners for Wauneta’s main street.


Leanne Hunt poses with the Christmas tree she decorated in the tree decorating contest at the Chamber’s Christmas Kick-off event Monday night. Hunt maintained her title of best Christmas tree decorations, which she earned last year as well. (Christi Christner | The Wauneta Breeze)