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Keystone gears up for annual chili cook-off

About 450 people attended the Keystone Chili Cook-Off and Business Expo last year.

Courtesy of Tom Aderhold

About 450 people attended the Keystone Chili Cook-Off and Business Expo last year.

KEYSTONE — Pay $5 and fill up on chili from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (April 15) at the Keystone Chili Cook-Off and Business Expo at Keystone Park, 17928 Gunn Highway.

"They can sample until they blow up. It's all-you-can-eat chili,'' said Tom Aderhold, president of the Keystone Civic Assocation.

Admission is free to the event, which also features antique, classic and hot rod cars and live music. Last year's cook-off drew 13 contenders preparing their home recipes for about 450 visitors.

"An awful lot of people are convinced that their recipe for award winning chili is the best. So the Keystone Cook-Off lets them strut their stuff,'' Aderhold said in a news release.

About 40 gleaming antique cars were on exhibit last year, too.

Those who sample the chili are asked to vote on their favorites by putting their tickets — ballots, in effect — in the box provided by the contestants. The votes are tallied and first and second place winners get gift certificates to Chili's restaurants.

Representatives of area businesses will be on hand to answer questions and hand out brochures.

Hosted by the Keystone Civic Association (KCA) in partnership with Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation, the event's proceeds will go to ongoing community projects and to the Future Farmers of America chapters at the three high schools nearest Keystone, Sickles, Steinbrenner and Gaither. The contributions to Future Farmer programs reflect that agricultural heritage of the community, Aderhold said.

Keystone gears up for annual chili cook-off 04/07/17 [Last modified: Friday, April 7, 2017 3:18pm]
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