Chili for Charity


It is on the volunteer form :slight_smile: Either reply here or signup there, either way!


I saw we have a banner in the storage room. Will we be able to use it for the chili booth? Also do we have a canopy? I was thinking I could pick up everything the night before the cook off and load it into my pickup so we would not have to get around so early on Saturday the 22nd if that is okay. They want the booth up and ready no later than 9 am and will close the street to traffic by 8 am. I will lock the truck in the garage overnight so everything would be secure.


MakeICT has a canopy that is bigger, but super hard to put up. I just ordered one for my backyard that is 10x10 and is supposed to be easy setup. It arrives today. I will verify it is and then we can put it in your pickup. We can grab some of the folding tables from MakeICT, but we probably want to make sure they are back by Sunday at noon since they might be needed at open streets. I will check with Barb this morning that the Banner can be used.


Ladenna: were you able to get us registered for the cook off?


Yep. We are in.


Ladenna: I was thinking about entering the salsa competition as well as the chili. I talked with Ron and he advised we could add that to our previous registration and I would pay the fees. I will need to get an ICS number so if it is okay with you I will get that and try to meet you at the Makerspace to change the registration and make the payment. It might mean $250.00 for the club if I should win by some miracle. Let me know if you are okay with this.


I’m sorry, I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to this thread
because I am unable to help with the event this year. However, I do have
a bit of experience with this particular chili cook off. One thing that
I wanted to point out is that a large part of the event is the “people’s
choice” category. This is where people come and sample your chili and if
they like it, they can “vote” for you (usually by putting a bean in a
jar or something). This is separate from the judging.

The people’s choice part of this is really the most important with
regard to exposure for MakeICT. The way to maximize this effect is to
not run out of chili too quickly. Being one of the few booths that still
has chili left as others are running out is an effective way to stand out.

as 10 gallons of chili for serving to the crowd.



That’s weird. The last line of my previous message got partially
deleted… What I said was:

as 10 gallons of chili for serving to the crowd.



It got deleted again. I’m posting via the email gateway, let me try it from the web interface…

From my experience a number of years ago, I’d recommend having as much as 10 gallons of chili for serving to the crowd.


Thanks for the input Steve. We are entering the Chili for Charities competition which means we will not be entered in the Peoples Choice. I am thinking about entering the Salsa competition and would have Salsa at the booth for sampling. I thought that would be a way to get more people to the booth without having to make 10 gallons of chili or more.


It has been a while since I participated as a contestant (I’ve been a
judge the last few years), but as I remember it, you don’t “enter” the
people’s choice. Everyone is effectively in that category by default.
Anyway, your mileage may vary and and if there is interest in doing it
next year, I might be able to help more too.



I don’t know what the rules were before. But

“Your Chili for Charity can be prepared ahead of time and brought to the Cookoff. But if you cook on site and follow the rules, you can also enter in any of the other categories too. The only category Charities don’t get to enter is Sharon Sawyer’s People’s Choice, but the prize for the best Chili for Charity is big enough to make up for that.
With more than 8,000 in attendance, the Wichita Wagonmasters’ Downtown Chili Cookoff is a great opportunity to promote your charity and its mission.”


The Salsa sounds like a great idea Robert. I will be at the space most of Sunday (from about 3:30 till we quit working on the wheelchair thing)…
Does 3:00-3:30 seem like enough time to get that fixed? Is that a good time for you?


You are correct. That is totally different than it has been prior to
this year. It also doesn’t make sense… I mean, if you aren’t going to
be serving chili, then nobody is going to come to your booth. But if you
aren’t eligible for the people’s choice award, then why should you be
serving chili?

Anyway, good luck on the judging part of things, and it will be
interesting to see how it turns out.



Ladenna: yes I can be there at 3 and that should be plenty of time to get it done.


Cool. I tested my new canopy and I was able to put it up by myself… so we have that 10x10 booth ready to go.

How many tables would we like? I don’t have a propane burner, but do have a little propane grill… are we going to need something like that to keep the chili hot?


Three tables should be plenty, two across the front of the booth and one in back for displays. I bought a small butane grill so we should be set for that. We can discuss other stuff for the booth this afternoon.


Ladenna: I had another idea for the booth. Can I get a copy of the photos that run on the web site? I have a laptop I can bring and I thought we could run the photos on it to show more of the spaces. If not I may be able to take some and have them scrolling.


I am sure Kim could probably get us the photos… Paul did a 360 walkthrough of the space… I wonder if we could play that? (Too bad we don’t have some virtual reality glasses…lol)


I have one of those frames, that plays photos if you want to borrow that.