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Winners in chilli, verde, and salsa judging were announced on Saturday, at the conclusion of the first day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the square.

The cookoff, named the “Chillinois Regional”, was the first of 2 days of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging.  Tom Calvert is the chair for both days.  Some 33 cooks participated in the Saturday cookoffs.

In chilli judging, first place award winner was Dearl Thomas of Clinton, who won 750-dollars, a certificate, and advances to the World Championship next year.  Second place winner was Julie Netser of Seymour, Indiana, who won 200-dollars and a certificate.  Third place winner was Cathy Schmedeke of Clinton, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.

In Saturday verde judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, first place winner was Mike Goodman of Madison, Wisconsin, who won 200-dollars and a certificate.  Second place winner was Dave Thordason of Iowa, who won 50-dollars and a certificate, and third place winner was Henry Stevens of Hernando, Mississippi, who won 25-dollars and a certificate.

In salsa judging on Saturday, first place winner was Henry Stephens of Hernando, Mississippi, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.  Second place winner was Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.  Third place winner was David Thoradson of Iowa who won 25-dollars and a certificate.

Dennis Lanthrum of Hillsboro won the People's Choice Award in salsa on Saturday, while Bob Dunn of Taylorville won both the verde and chilli People's Choice awards.

More stories from the first day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, including Pageant Winners and results of the Chilli Eating Contest, can be found by clicking the "Chillifest" icon on the main menu bar of taylorvilledailynews.com.

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CAPTION TO PIX 2642:  Winners were announced Saturday in International Chilli Society chilli judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle; 3rd place winner Cathy Schmedke of Clinton; 2nd place winner Julie Netser of Seymour, Indiana; first place winner Dearl Thomas of Clinton; and Chilli Cookoff chief judge and chair Tom Calvert.

CAPTION TO PIX 2640:  Winners in International Chilli Society verde judging Saturday, were announced at the end of day one at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle; 3rd place winner Henry Stevens of Hernando, Mississippi; first place winner Mike Goodman of Madison, Wisconsin; and Chilli Cookoff chief judge and chair Tom Calvert.

CAPTION TO PIX 2638:  Salsa winners in International Chilli Society sanctioned judging, were announced late Saturday afternoon at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle; 2nd place winner Lloyd Weir of Normal; first place winner Henry Stephens of Hernando, Mississippi; and Chilli Cookoff chief judge and chair Tom Calvert.

CAPTION TO PIX 2636:  People's Choice Award winners were announced late Saturday afternoon, in International Chilli Society sanctioned judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle; verde and chilli winner Bob Dunn of Taylorville; salsa winner Dennis Lanthrum of Hillsboro; and Chilli Cookoff chief judge and chair Tom Calvert.

 
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