At 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, veterans from all five branches of the military will join the battle over who makes the best chili. The event is a fundraiser for the Fitch Band that will also help fund the local VA food bank.
According to Julie Nochta, Fitch Band financial vice president, this is the first time the band has held such an event. It will be tied into the band's annual Veterans Day concert.
As of Monday, the number of chili recipes made event committee members very happy.
"We have 19 people signed up, which is very exciting," Nochta said. "We would like to make it an even 20."
The chili entries will be judged by five veterans representing the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. They will have the challenge of selecting the top three chili recipes, which will be awarded first, second and third place. A separate People's Choice award will also be awarded.
Those wishing to attend the event can either purchase a $10 ticket for the chili dinner and concert or a $5 ticket for the concert only. Part of the proceeds from the event will go towards helping veterans.
"Part of the proceeds from the dinner sale will go to the VA food pantry," said Nochta. "The remaining funds will be used to cover costs for the dinner (supplies, fees, etc.) and then will go into a general fund for the band which will cover costs such as uniforms, instruments, and equipment."
Nochta said there will also be a table set up for donations to the Wounded Warrior project.
Following the chili dinner and cook off, those attending can enjoy a concert presenting by the Fitch High School Marching Band and the AMS sixth, seventh and eighth grade bands. The concert will be under the direction of Wes O'Connor.