Chili cook-off scheduled in BrandonHere’s your chance to sample a variety of tasty chili recipes, listen to some toe-tapping music, socialize and enjoy some family fun – all while supporting a good cause.
Here’s your chance to sample a variety of tasty chili recipes, listen to some toe-tapping music, socialize and enjoy some family fun – all while supporting a good cause.
The Brandon History Center is hosting a Chili Cook-Off Contest on Friday, February 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Brandon Auditorium.
All proceeds will go to the Brandon Auditorium restoration project.
Twelve teams will vie for the title of “Best Chili,” including the Brandon Lions Club, Hot Mamas, Ravishing Rubies, Brandon Fire Department, Millerville Fire Department Brandon School, Gardonville, Brandon Communications, Bremer Bank, Orb Management Corporation, Design Tree Engineering and Echo Press.
The chili will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges including Patty Wicken, Michael Right, Dennis Anhalt and Joe Korkowski, all from KXRA-Radio.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for ages 4 to 9 and include chili samples, crackers and beverages. There will also be a cash bar and cash dessert bar.
Music will be provided by Bob Piotrowski.
The event is co-sponsored by the Brandon History Center and Grace, Chippewa and St. Ann’s churches.
Advance tickets are available at Bob’s Adium and Moe Insurance in Brandon and Bernie’s Gas in Millerville
For more information, call Marcia Bolin at (320) 524-2174.
The renovation project
The Brandon Auditorium was built in 1936 and has housed dances, movies, plays, Christmas programs, rollerskating, craft shows, bazaars, school and community functions, sporting events, political meetings, Boy/Girl Scout and 4-H events, reunions and celebrations, community meetings, blood drives and more. It also once housed the city offices and fire department.
The auditorium is still used for many purposes today, and serves as home to the Brandon History Center.
It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Time has taken its toll on the historic building. Some renovations, such as new windows, took place in 1991, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. But more needs to be done, including: exterior tuck pointing; a new chimney; a new sidewalk; insulation and resurfacing of interior gymnasium walls; an updated heating and ventilation system; upgraded sewer connections; renovation of the gymnasium’s wood flooring; a kitchen upgrade; and new main entrance flooring.
Work is expected to begin this spring.