The turnout for tonight’s regional chili cookoff is less than expected, although they’re still hoping for a good crowd at the state championship tomorrow. Tonight is somewhat relaxed, with Shelbyville’s Dicky Thorpe facing teams from Michigan and Texas. Dicky’s stove malfunctioned and the Texas team is letting him use one of theirs, under their tent. As someone explained, chili cookoffs are not like barbecue cookoffs.
The official “people’s choice” competition is not being held tonight, but there are spectators and others here tonight anyway, and I’m guessing they’ll get to sample once the official judges’ sample has been dished up by each of the three teams. There’s also some setup going on for the Uptown City Fair tomorrow.
I’m just killing time until it’s time to judge.