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Lynn, Maya and Nathan Hardman helped serve the chili that won the adult category Saturday night.

McKinney Chili Cook-off raised money and the roof

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The 17th annual McKinney Chili Cook-off drew about 150 tasters and 24 chefs who entered their recipes in the contest held at Yellow Springs High School on Saturday, March 12. There were chicken chilis, white bean chilis, chilis with cilantro and sour cream on top, and several chilis that set the place on fire with the heat of their peppers. Fuel was added by the Full Circle band with Scott Wright and his sons Blaze, a McKinney student, and Bear, who filled the room with classic rock tunes.

The event, sponsored by the McKinney/Yellow Springs High School PTO, raised raised over $1,000 for the McKinney School scholarship and teacher expense fund.

Lynn Hardman won the adult category, while Rachele Orme and Brianna Ayers won the student category. Taking home the coveted John Graham People’s Choice award were McKinney students Gabriel Day and Danny Grote. 

Full Circle, from left, Blaze, Scott and Bear Wright.


A long list of volunteers and businesses helped make the event possible. The businesses are listed below.

YSI Inc.
Williams Eatery
Winds Cafe
Peach’s Grill
Antioch Company
HaHa Pizza
Rita Caz Jewelry Studio
Little Art Theater
Young’s Jersey Dairy
Brother Bear’s Cafe
Glen Garden Gifts & Flowers
Would You Could You In a Frame
Moon Rose Massage & Spa
Brandberry Winery
Chen’s Asian Bistro
Pangaea Trading Co.
Current Cuisine
Sunrise Cafe
Sam & Eddies Open Books
Bentino’s Pizza
Unfinished Creations
Ye Old Trail Tavern
Tibet Bazaar
Town Drug
Earth Rose
Dark Star Books & Comics
Super-Fly Comics & Games
Tom’s Market
Urban Handmade
Village BP
Dragon Tree
Village Artisans-Sue Brezzine
Jennifer’s Touch
Village Herb Shoppe
Julia Etta’s Trunk
Yellow Springs Pottery-Justin Teilhet
Taco Bell-Fairborn
Yellow Springs Shoes and Things
Asanda Imports
Emporium Wines/Underdog Cafe
Import House
La Llama Place
Mr. Fub’s Party
No Common Scents
Tie Dye Gift Shop


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