The eighth annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-off was from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Glen Eden Family Restaurant & Tavern in Clark. The event “Sunday’s cook-off” drew at least 315 people, who lined Routt County Road 129 with vehicles and filled the Glen Eden Family Restaurant & Tavern to overflowing. It seemed that everybody was ready to get out and do something, with the weather pattern that we’ve had recently, especially to try delicious local variety of Chili! There ended up being 75 chili entries and about 40 dessert entries, which made a fine afternoon to sample all of these in Clark.
George Trujillo, of Yampa, continued his dominance of local chili contests by taking first place in the green chili category. It was his fourth first-place award at the North Routt event. Steamboat Springs Chris King took second place from Routt County. He has been a long time organizer of the Great North Routt Chili Cook off and a community fixture at the Clark Store. He also earned his first ribbon in the annual benefit for North Routt Community Charter School. Clark resident Lori Raper won the deliciously high-caliber dessert category with her peach crisp, beating out the second-place finisher by just one point. The highest possible score Sunday was 108 points. Nine-year-old Aden Knaus, Erick Knaus’ son, took first place in the “other” category with his Swedish meatballs. Scott Lewer, who tied for second place in the red chili category with his “Champion Broncos Chili.” His recipe included steak, bacon and hamburger, along with cayenne, jalapeno and habanero peppers, topped off with “a few secret things. Yummy!