More than 100 people tasted and voted during the Crystal Lake Community Business Association’s WinterFest chili contest.
Individual contest winners were: first place, Kathy Englebertson for her five bean chili with meat; second place, John Darien for his mountain man chili; and third place, Steve Kelly for his four-bean chipolte chili.
The business award went to Crystal Mountain Resort and Jeremy Ursam for its Thistle Signature Sirloin Chili.
Clay Burch, a third-grade student at Franklin Elementary School in Cadillac, was the state winner in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.
Launched nationally in 2002, the program exposes children to agriculture and demonstrates through hands-on experience where food comes from. It awards a scholarship to one student in each participating state. At the end of the season, teachers from each class select the student who has grown the “best” cabbage based on size and appearance and submits a digital image of the cabbage and student online. That student’s name is then entered into a statewide drawing.
Clay’s cabbage was selected from 19,355 state entries by the Michigan Agriculture Department and he will receive a $1,000 savings bond toward his education from Bonnie Plants.