Chili Cook-Off!

Saturday we attended a chili cook-off.  I love chili and had been looking forward to this event for a long time.  The event was held in Sedalia, a tiny community in the mountains of Bedford County.  The scenery here is spectacular.

The leaves, still pretty, must have been at their peak last weekend.


We tasted and tasted and narrowed our favorites down to three.


This year the crowd was huge!  Several competitors were out of chili by 2:30 which was sad because the event lasted until 5 pm.


One of my students was competing along with his family.  Isn’t he cute?


You can see in this picture that the trees on the mountains have already shed their leaves.  I used to do a training run on the mountain that you see behind me in this picture.  One of these days I’d like to get in condition to do that run again.


The chili cook-off was a fun Saturday event.  I don’t know who won, but we both voted for this guy who was one of our top three.  He ran out of chili early in the competition, so I doubt that he won, but his was super good.  He’ll be at another competition at the lake next weekend, so maybe he’ll win there.


When we were leaving we saw these cuties in a car and had to stop to say hello.  I am not a dog person at all, but if I could have a dog that wears bows, I just might like that. 


All that chili tasting really put me in a fall frame of mind.  There’s nothing like chili on a cool fall day!


  1. Great fun! I could eat my weight in chili!
    You would love Mr. Kahlo. He doesn’t wear bows, though. He runs with our daughter. In fact, they are on the Shenadoahs running this morning and will meet me here around noon. THen, back for a final run before heading back to Richmond.

  2. FrouFrouBritches says:

    I looooove chili! It definitely puts me in a fall mood! What lovely pictures. You and Mr. SP are too cute! That picture of you and your student is precious! I bet you are a great teacher!! So glad y’all had a good time!

  3. KM @ This Plate is Full says:

    that looks like some good fun.
    I love Chilie too – I use my grandmothers old recipe for it, think of her every time I make it.

    & how cool to see one of your students there!!! There is nothing like a teachers support for a kids moral!

  4. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    I looove chili, but have never been to a cook-off. That sounds (and looks) like fun! Love the cute doggie pic at the end. You all sure have an abundance of pretty Fall leaves!

  5. That looks like so much fun!

    It’s funny–we never eat chili in the spring or summer. It’s a fall and winter food, isn’t it? 🙂

  6. I love chili contests, this must have been a good one Paula. I actually have a big pot on the stove right now for all those from the family that will be here tonight to watch the Trick or Treater in our neighborhood.

  7. Looks like lots of fun!! Why didn’t you invite me????????

  8. Domestic Designer says:

    Oh I love a good bowl of chili! Looks like a lot of fun.

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Chili Cook Off

Mr. SP, Elsie, and I headed over the mountain Saturday afternoon to the quiet hamlet of Sedalia for an annual chili cook off competition.  Groups and businesses from all around start cooking in the wee hours of the morning to get their chili ready for the big competition.  Each competitor offers a small portion in hopes of getting a vote for the coveted “people’s choice” award.  Mr. SP, Elsie, and I had the same top three and we ended up giving each a vote.

Most of the chilies were traditional ones with ground beef or beef chunks and beans.  Some were sweet and some were spicy.  There were two that were nasty, one was a pepper/potato mixture and the other was rattlesnake.  Yes, I tasted the rattlesnake one.  It kind of turns my stomach to type it.  The texture was like ground up fish meat.  Blah!

Sedalia is in a valley nestled in the mountains.  Back in our bike riding days we used to ride our bikes in this area all of the time.  It’s so pretty.




We tasted and tasted…


You can’t taste chili for a few hours and not have a beer.  This is the first beer I’ve had in years and years.  It tasted darned good!


I laughed and laughed when I saw this man’s t-shirt.  Finally I went up to him and asked to take his picture.  He graciously agreed.


More views from the Sedalia Center:



We followed this fellow part of the way home.


The Sedalia Chili Cook Off is now on our annual list of events that we must attend.  We had a blast!  Next year we’ll round up a group of friends to attend with us.


  1. Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking says:

    Rattlesnake chili! Well it doesn’t sound all that appealing! That man’s shirt is so silly! He was a good sport to let you take his photo.


  2. Blondie's Journal says:

    Oh how fun. And spending a day with that beautiful backdrop of moutains is fun enough!! I’ve been to one chili cook off and my group won!! We really didn’t plan anything, just a little of this and that!!

    I’d make this a yearly event. And your first beer in years…have you been on sabbatical?!


  3. Mmmm…I wanna go to a chili cook off!!

  4. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    How fun is that?! My husband would die if I got him that t-shirt. He’d never wear it in public, but I bet he’d love it. That’s hilarious!

  5. Mom on the Run says:

    The scenery is just beautiful! Looks like a great day!

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