It was a Chili night on Samish Island and the Fire engine was parked in front of the local Community Center with all lights flashing. Good luck finding anywhere to park. There were cars and trucks everywhere. For this "first time" event the turnout was amazing. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and all the cooks seemed to take it in stride when both the "Firefighter's Trophy" and the "Diner's Choice" Trophy were swept by a very proud couple. The trophies themselves were very hot looking thanks to the Tom Theisen who made them by hand. I would like to send out a special thanks to Ann Reid who gave a speech and directed everyone's attention to hutch studio which seemed to cast it's creative spell over the event with Whirligigs spinning at the center of every table.
This was just such a fun time and I'm definitely looking forward to going again next year. I'll just arrive earlier to make sure there is still plenty of Chili. After expenses the event brought in $1300. to support the Community Center and the local Fire Department. Nice work everyone!