Cooks will compete in four different categories at the fifth annual Polar Bear Chili Cook-Off and Minnow races.

Journal file

Chili enthusiasts will have plenty to try at the fifth annual Polar Bear Chili Cook-Off and Minnow races Saturday on Main Street in Hill City.

The event is a fundraiser for the Tin City Masonic Lodge #112, which raises money for South Dakota Child IDs and scholarships.

The event will see people competing in four different categories: Best White Chili, Best Red Chili, Best Green Chili and Best Booth Decor, with judges determining the best of the best while patrons can vote for the People's Choice award.

"Red chili is usually a little hotter," said Jack Welker, committee member. "White chili uses white sauce, white beans, that kind of stuff. And green chili has more vegetables in it."

The event has also added a new element in the minnow races, which sees minnows swimming through cut-in-half PVC pipes. Participants blow on the minnow with a straw to get it to move. The winner will receive a prize.

"This is something new that we saw and that we really wanted to try," said Welker.

Those who have their own chili recipe can compete for a fee of $25. Welker encourages those interested to sign up by Friday.

Welker said that people have been known to get creative.

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"One year a lady made Hawaiian chili with pineapple in it," Welker said. "You get people from all over showing up with a pot of chili."

Welker encouraged families to travel down to sample their preferred chilis.

"I think that it's a pretty good deal, where you can try as many as you want for $5, and children under 7 are free," Welker said.

To sign up for the Polar Bear Chili Cook-Off, call 209-0686 or 381-1293.

Contact Max B. O'Connell at 394-8427 or max.oconnell@rapidcityjournal.com

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