More than 400 attend Kinship’s Soup and Chili Cookoff

Aaron Olson, executive director of Kinship of Morrison County, said 415 ballots were cast for favorites from seven soups and six chilis during Kinship’s annual Soup and Chili Cookoff. Olson estimated about 450 people attended. Winners of the first traveling “Theme Trophy” went to the ladies representing Granny’s Cafe, who also won second place in soup competition. Other winners in the soup division were People’s Choice – Creamy Chicken Artichoke made by Zach Bartel of Cabin Fever;  first place – Pheasant Wild Rice Soup, cooked up by Donna Kapus representing LeBlanc’s Rice Creek and third place – Taco Soup, created by Carolyn Oswald and Donna Hilmerson for St. Gabriel’s Hospital. Chili winners included Better Than Yours chili, made by Chris Proctor of Lake Beauty Bible Camp; first place – Lorelee’s Family Chili made by Lorelee Beto, representing the Morrison County Housing and Revelopment Authority; second place – What a Rush chili made by Anne Rush and third place Better Than Yours chili. Olson said not including sponsorships or cash donations, more than $4,500 was raised. Pictured above at left are the ladies from Granny’s Cafe (from left): Julie Hollermann, Joan Gessell and Val Sobania.

Boy Scouts Ben Peterson, left and Nick Durfee get a taste of Chris Proctor’s award winning chili.






Shelby, left, and Jayden took part in one of the many activities of evening, getting their faces painted. More photos can be found online on the Record’s Web site at