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Anderson on a roll: takes top People's Choice honors in Wauneta Chamber's Christmas Kick-off chili contest for fourth year in a row PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 03 December 2015 00:00

Wauneta Chamber President Rod Keiser, right, shakes Shane Anderson’s hand after it was announced that Anderson had won the People’s Choice award for the best chili at the Christmas Kick-off for the fourth year in a row. (Pat Holder | Johnson Publications)


By Pat Holder

The Wauneta Breeze

This year’s Wauneta Chamber Christmas Kick-off packed the Wauneta Community Building Monday night with an estimated 150 people attending.

The event, organized by Amanda Pankonin and Rebecca Munderloh, included the sixth annual Chili Cook-off, fourth annual Christmas Tree Decorating Contest and songs by Wauneta-Palisade kindergartners and preschool children.

Another activity was coloring, which this year was on trend with children and adults participating.

Everyone enjoyed the chili contest and helped pick the People’s Choice winner, selecting Shane Anderson, representing Frenchman Valley Coop, as the winner for a fourth year.

Judges chose Stephen Thompson, representing Harchelroad Motors, as their favorite. The top Judges’ Choice honors went to Anderson last year.

The Wauneta Girl Scouts’ tree won top honors of the three trees entered in the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, their second win in as many years. The best decorated tree was determined by a vote of those in attendance.

The event generated $654 from free will donations. The funds will be used to pay the evening’s expenses with the balance going to the Wauneta Chamber’s general account. Funds will then be used for future Chamber initiatives.