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Sharpsburg Community Library holding second annual Chili Cook-off

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 3:01 PM

Aspiring chefs are gearing up for the second annual Chili Cook-off at Sharpsburg Community Library – and tasters are needed.

The fundraiser to benefit library operations will kick off at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the site, 1212 Main Street.

“Last year’s event sold out with 25 seats at both tastings,” branch manager Sara Mariacher said.

Time slots are 6 to 7 and 7 to 8 p.m.

The event is sponsored by WAY Wellness Center.

All taste-testers will receive 10 samples of chili ranging from mild to fiery.

Gran Canal Caffe, also along Main Street, will donate bread and salad for the tasters.

Cost is $10.

Proceeds benefit the daily operations of the library, Mariacher said. Last year’s event brought in about $350.

There are still spots open for chefs who think they might have the secret recipe for award-winning chili.

There is a $5 entry fee and contestants should provide a gallon crockpot of chili, printed ingredient list, extension cord and a table runner.

Three judges will decide whose chili is top-notch. Last year’s winner was Mariacher’s father-in-law, Bob, who said he is looking forward to eating and judging this year, rather than standing behind a hot stove.

“All of the people – chefs, tasters and judges – enjoyed themselves,” he said. “There was a wide variety of chili for everyone to enjoy and it was a worthwhile event for the library and community as a whole.”

Reservations can be paid with cash or check by stopping into the library.

Registration online requires a credit card at