Cooks battle for title of Tummy Warmer

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Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

The 30th annual “Tummy Warmer” cook-off will be held as part of Clintonville’s annual Winter Whirl on Jan. 12. The Clintonville Parks and Recreation Department will hold the cookout at Memory Lanes Bar and Banquet Hall, 250 County Road I, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those entering the cook-off are asked to prepare five or more quarts of their entry which may include hot chili, mild chili, chicken soup and miscellaneous.

There is no charge to enter the contest.

Contestants will need to provide some form of appliance, such as a Crock-Pot or slow cooker to hold their soup. There will be assigned spots with an access to an electrical outlet.

Participants are encouraged to dress up and decorate their space.

A panel of three judges for each division will judge for appearance, aroma, creativity/uniqueness, texture, taste/flavor and aftertaste. First, second and third place in each division will receive an engraved trophy.

There will also be a people’s choice award. Those attending the event will decide which entry is the best out of all divisions.

When the judging is completed, the entries will be made available to the public. Other food will also be available.

Profits from the Winter Whirl Cook-Off will be used to pay for the costs of the festival.

Other activities at Memory Lanes will include a vendor fair and children’s activities with prizes.

Grayling Pingel will play music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From noon to 5 p.m., there will be bowling and food specials.

The second annual corn hole tournament will be held from 2-6 p.m. Live music with Nitehawk will be featured.

From 8 p.m. to midnight there will be live music with Outlaw D with no cover charge.

From 7:30-10 a.m., the Clintonville Wise Guys will serve all-you-can-eat breakfast at Aster Assisted Living, 38 N. Main St.

The Winter Whirl Festival is a one day event this year. Anyone with comments or suggestions about the event can contact Justin McAuly, parks and recreation director, at 715-823-7600.