For the first time in its 62 year history, The Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary Street Fair will feature a People’s Choice Chili Cook-Off. The annual Street Fair is scheduled for Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 at South 8th & Orange Street in Lebanon. The cook-off is open to the public and will be held on Saturday at the medical office complex on South 8th Street. Joyce Dissinger, street fair committee secretary, is chairing the event and is being assisted by Kevin Murray.
People's Choice Chili must include beans and/or pasta. No ingredients may be pre-cooked or prepared in advance except for canned or bottled tomatoes, peppers and sauces. Meat may not be not pre-cooked, however, it can be treated, pre-cut or ground. Mixing of spices may also be prepared in advance. All other ingredients must be chopped or prepared at the time of the cook-off.
Areas for chili preparation, water and electrical outlets will be provided by the auxiliary. Contestants must provide their own heat source, crockpots, cooking utensils, etc. The preparation and cooking period will begin at 7 a.m. on June 5. Tasting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each contestant must cook a minimum supply of 32 quarts of chili for tasting by the public at 25 cents per serving. The contestant whose chili raises the most money at the end of the tasting period will be declared the winner. They will receive a trophy and gift basket. A special award will be presented to the contestant who has the most spirited cooking apparel, booth decorations, etc.
The contest is open to individuals, businesses and organizations. Each contestant must pay a $40 registration fee which includes a city permit. The fee and application form must be returned by noon on Friday, May 14, to Joyce Dissinger, 991 Lilac Lane, Lebanon, PA 17042. Call 717-272-1665 for more information.