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Annual United Way chili cook-off set for September 24 goes tropical

The 16th annual United Way Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction is set for Tuesday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria. This year's theme is Tropical Islands Chili and will include all-you-can-eat chili for $6.

The public is invited to form teams and plan decoration schemes. All registrations must be in by Tuesday, September 10.

Prizes for chili will be awarded for people's choice, the hottest, most unusual, best commercial chili, best chili in the open division and best display in booth decorating.

A silent auction will also be held. Donations will be accepted at the United Way office at 503 Hawthorne Street in Alexandria. Volunteers are needed to work the silent auction and to judge the chili.

To register or volunteer, visit For more information, call United Way at (320) 834-7800 or e-mail