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Out and About - Brandon chili event bowls 'em over

The "People's Choice" award was presented to the Brandon Lions Club. Contributed photo.1 / 5
The Brandon Fire Department won the prize for presenting the best theme. Contributed photo.2 / 5
The Ravishing Ruby Red Hats earned the first place award from the judges. Contributed photo.3 / 5
The Wellness Center claimed second place honors in the contest. Contributed photo.4 / 5
A good-sized crowd of about 200 people attended the three-hour-long chili feed at the Brandon City Auditorium. Contributed photo.5 / 5

Taste buds kicked into overdrive at the third annual Brandon Chili Contest on February 17.

More than 200 people attended the event at the Brandon City Auditorium. It's a fundraiser for the Brandon auditorium renovation project.

Proceeds this year will go toward updating the auditorium kitchen.

Judges Dennis Anhalt, Charlie Christopherson and Wendell Sowers, all from KXRA Radio, picked the winners. First place went to the Ravishing Ruby Red Hats while the Wellness Center received second place honors.

The "People's Choice" award went to the Brandon Lions Club. The Brandon Fire Department was the "Theme Award" winner.

To donate to the auditorium renovation project, call Chris Korkowski at (320) 834-4505 or mail donations to Brandon History Center, PO Box 514, Brandon MN 56315.

Write "auditorium restoration" in the memo line of your check. Donations are tax exempt.

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