By LARRY VAUGHT
The first Charity Chili Cook-Off Oct. 21 at Wilderness Trail Distillery will raise money for the Danville Kiwanis’ Christmas for Kids and Seniors. Since 1927 the Danville Kiwanis Club has bought new clothing, coats, shoes and toys for children at Christmas and for the last 20 years the club has also helped senior citizens not served by any other group or agency.
I consider myself lucky to be one of the “celebrity” judges along with these real celebrities — former Miss Kentucky/WLEX-TV news anchor Nancy Cox, former WKYT-TV sports anchor Rob Bromley, and Leigh Roach and Tamara Schneider, better known as the Kentucky Taste Buds.
Denise Henderson of the Kiwanis Club will join me on “Focus on Danville” Thursday on WKYB (107.5 FM) to talk about this event. She will be on air about 9:40 a.m. after Scott Bottoms of Danville Office Equipment and Bob Allen of Bob Allen Motor Mall (one of the cook-off sponsors) join me,
For $25 , you can enter the chili cook-off. For $10, you can sample the chili made by those entering the contest. There will also be a variety of local food and craft venders, music and refreshing drinks for this family-friendly event.
Chili should be ready to sample by 11:20 a.m. with the winners announced around 2:30 p.m. — and remember kickoff for the Kentucky-Mississippi State game is not until 4 p.m.
An added attraction will be music from Magnolia Vale, a country duo of twin sisters Katelyn and Samantha Daugherty of Marion County. They are students at Eastern Kentucky University and performed a pregame concert at Kroger Field last week before the UK-Eastern Michigan football game. They recently released their first EP — “Sunburn” — that has got terrific reviews.
They will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM) at 7:20 a.m. Thursday to talk about the UK concert and the upcoming chili cook-off.
Their music should just add to the kid friendly day that will include face painting and other activities. In addition, the Kiwanis Club will offer a special children’s $5 meal deal of a hotdog, chips and a drink.
Vendors are making jewelry, brooms, cupcakes and beer cheese along with a lot of other things.
The event has a stellar list of sponsors:
Platinum: Kentucky Cooperage of Lebanon.
Gold: Bruce Devine Roofing of Harrodsburg; and Johnson Pohlmann of Danville. Silver: Corning, Inc. of Harrodsuburg; and Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda of Danville. Bronze: Apex Plumbing of Danville; Bob Allen Motor Mall of Danville; Buzick Construction of Bardstown; Caverndale Farms of Danville; Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank of Danville; Farmers National Bank of Danville; InterCounty Energy of Danville; and Melton’s Great American Deli of Danville.