Hot Damn! Mexico Holds Its Grand Chili Cookoff!

      The tents have been struck, the stands dismantled and the air-filled animals the kids played on are flat as pancakes and stored away. Vierl Bunnell, President of the organizing committee was successful in his determination to make this last cookoff he would preside over, one of the best in enjoyment and financial benefit to the eight charities the cookoff supports. Held Feb. 11,12,13, the cookoff could not have come off without the guidance and experience of Bunnell and the indefatigable Ann Whiting, founding sponsor Corona, Lloyd, Pepsi Cola, and Dolphy for donating 5,000 frozen fruit bars. Flip Nicholson, Entertainment Chairman, presented outstanding entertainment all three days. Including Glen Charles, the San Antonio Folklorico, Lado Mystico, Mirage, Chavelita, Lupita Jimenez, the Habitat Reptile, the Ajijic Band, the dancing horses from the Charros de Ajijic, the Lirio Groupo and a dancing and singing extravaganza performed by the Tec de Monterrey Guadalajara Campus that was as good as any professional group seen anywhere. In appreciation of the charities, the Charros donated back their fee for their appearance, and the troupe from Tec Monterrey charged only the 1,500 pesos bus fee that brought them here. It’s too soon to know the amount each charity will receive, but the number of people visiting the cookoff numbered over 4,500. Bob Grayson won for Red Chili, Rob Bert won for Green Chili, and Mayra Romero, Norma Martinez and Carmen Solis won the Salsa Contest. It was a wonderful Chili Cookoff; worthy of the over 200 volunteers who worked their buns off, some beginning months before the event, to bring it off.