Garden hosts chili cook-off, car show

Dowell, MD - Hot cars and hot food drew locals and visitors alike to Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center Saturday, June 13. The Second annual Annmarie Chili in the Garden was a blend of food preparation and tasting, the showcasing of classic vehicles and live music.

Both the chili preparation and tasting; and display of cars, trucks and motorcycles were quite competitive.

The event was presented in conjunction with the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI).

Garden visitors were encouraged to observe the chili teams prepare their entrees, taste the chili and cast their votes. The down-home sounds of the Port Tobacco Pickers and Recycled Bluegrass entertained the crowd while the chili-sampling and balloting was underway.

Results of the 2015 Official Chili in the Garden chili Cook-off were: first-place, Sharon Rudd; second-place, Jesse Chou; third-place, Michael Watkins; fourth-place, Adrienne Grant; and fifth-place, Kit Rudd. The People’s Choice Chili Award winners were: first-place, Cowboy Chili Team, Roger Koltz; second-place, Wet Wins, Sharon Rudd; and third-place Pioneer Chili, Chris Coppock.

The car show winners were: Class 1, first-place, Linda Dobsen, 1955 Chevy 210 Deluxe; second-place, Larry Ulm, 1929 Ford Phaeton; third-place, Ed Mattingly, 1946 Ford Sedan. Class 2, first-place, Gary Ridgell, 1967 Chevy Chevelle; second-place, Mark Loeffler, 1963 Ford Falcon Convertible; third-place, Dennis and Billie Harris, 1958 Chevy Corvette. Class 3, 1973 Chevy Stingray Corvette Coupes,  first-place, Jeffrey Lehnertz; second-place, Larry Gross; and third-place, David Grimsley. Class 4, first-place, Tommy Auman, 1929 Ford Model A; David Anderson, 1964 Ford F100 4-by-4; and Christopher Elliott, 1954 Chevy 3100.

The bike winners were the Kenny Paul Memorial Bike, driven by Dustin Hamann, Class 5/Stock, 2008 Streetglide HD; Mike Hamann, Class 6/Custom Bike, HD; and Norma LeVally, Class 8/imported, Suzuki.

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