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Cadre of chili chefs contribute $4,500 to food shelf coffers

Joyce Lafrance, of Park Rapids, pauses before eating a spoonful of chili at the Chili Challenge Wednesday. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)1 / 6
Bobbi Zigmant, of Park Rapids, adds the finishing touches of cheese and sour cream to a sample of chili. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)2 / 6
Chili chefs and Park Rapids Enterprise volunteers smile after a successful Chili Challenge Wednesday at the Park Rapids American Legion. Front, from left, Candy Parks, Joyce LaFrance and June House, Nikki Stopka, Sue Tomte and Kristina Yliniemi, Mary Weaver and Danielle Pearson. Row two, from left, Betty Norlin, Jean Ruzicka and Connie Carmichael, Joan Kimble, Mary Scully, Sarah Lester, Betsy Meyer, Becky Walpole, Denese Jokela and Mike Sheeran. Row three, from left, John Cummins, Heidi Pachel, Dacle Sch...3 / 6
Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer, left, serves up a sample of his chili, "Packin' Heat" to Chief Deputy Jerry Tatro Wednesday afternoon. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)4 / 6
Musician Fran Gack kept toes tapping during the epicurean event. The Chili Challenge "took on a life of its own," food shelf director Dave Long said of the outpouring of community support. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)5 / 6
Mary Kay chili chefs Kristina Yliniemi and Sue Tomte added a pink theme to their chili table, including cake with pink frosting. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)6 / 6

They cooked. You came. We conquered (contributed) to the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Twenty-two chefs/teams shared their chili at the Enterprise-sponsored Chili Challenge Wednesday, with $4,500 received in donations to date. The People's Choice winner will be named Wednesday.