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Chili, anyone?

Chili is served during the Fairbury Fair chili cook-off Sunday afternoon.

Chili was on everyone’s mind during the final day of the 143rd Fairbury Fair Sunday.

The annual chili cook-off proved to be popular once again – with nine teams competing and a good turnout for tasting.

“Everything has to be cooked on site you can’t pre-cook anything,” explained Mark Stadel, chili cook-off chairman.

Participants bring in their own tables, roasters and other cooking devices. No open fires are allowed but they can use gas or electric to make the chili. Judges determine the best chili and members of the public can vote for their favorite after sampling the various flavors.

“This is our 16th year for the chili cookoff,” Stadel said. “It’s always just been a lot of fun.”

Everyone seems to enjoy chili so the contest makes them smile. People seem to love the chili even more if it is hot or tangy says Stadel. Prizes include first, second and third place plus the hottest chili and showmanship winner.

Folks take the competition very seriously, but have plenty of fun along the way.

Sunday was a full day of activities at the Fairbury Fair as the five-day event came to a close. A community worship service was held at the grandstand followed by the return of the talent show at noon. The show features several entries in the junior and senior divisions. A new division for teachers was successful as Prairie Central educators performed on stage. The teachers won money for their classrooms thanks to donations from show sponsors.

A baggo tournament was held near the beer tent and Luehr’s Ideal Rides offered various ride specials throughout the afternoon. Antique tractors gathered at the east end of the fairgrounds before parading out of the fair’s Third Street gate to Fairview Haven.

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