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Award-winning chili recipes recognized at Chilympics Chili Cook-Off in Downers Grove

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 1:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 11:26 p.m. CDT
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Debra Hunt (right) poses with her prizes after winning first place in the Downers Grove Park District's Chilympics on Saturday. Kari Loekle, the Downers Grove Park District's Special Events Supervisor, accompanies her.

DOWNERS GROVE – It was a fiery competition at the inaugural Chilympics Chili Cook-Off on Saturday at Fishel Park in Downers Grove.

Award-winning chili recipes were prepared throughout the day at the Downers Grove Park District event, sanctioned by the International Chili Society and available for sampling by spectators.

Taking home the top prize was Debra Hunt, who was awarded a $600 cash prize and will advance to the World Finals this month in Palm Springs, Calif.

Entertainment was provided throughout the day by Billy Croft and the 5-Alarm Band, SODA, 104.3 K-Hits and 98.3 WCCQ, as well as plenty of food and beverages to go around from participating vendors.

The Downers Grove Park District would like to thank event sponsors Lemon Tree Grocer, 104.3 K-hits, Downers Grove Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downers Grove Rotary, Main Street Chiropractic, Whole Foods, Downers Grove Bugle and Wenzel Select Properties.

The winners First place: Debra Hunt Second place: Mike Goodman Third place: John Pastore Best booth: Jon Scoggin People's Choice: Mike Goodman

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