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Winners were announced late Sunday afternoon, at the end of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Central States Regional Cookoff. The cookoff was sanctioned by the International Chilli Society, and was the 2nd day of santioned competition during Chillifest.

In Sunday's chilli cookoff, first place went to Larry Estep of Springfield, who won 750-dollars, a plaque, and the right to cook in the World Championship. Second place winner was Larry Lentz of Nicholsville, Kentucky, who won 200-dollars and a plaque. Third place went to Mary Thomas of Clinton, Illinois, who won 100-dollars and a plaque. Fourth place honorable mention went to Bob Hall of Taylorville.

In chilli verde competition at the Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Sunday, first place went to Paula Dunn of Taylorville, who won 200-dollars, a plaque, and the right to cook in the World Championship. Second place went to Julie Netzer of Seymour, Indiana, who won 50-dollars and a plaque. Third place winner was Bob Hall of Taylorville, who won 25-dollars and a plaque.

In salsa judging results Sunday, first place went to Scott Barrett of Willow Springs, Illinois, who won 100-dollars and a plaque. Second place winner was Jill Goldberg of Madison, Wisconsin, who won 25-dollars and a plaque. Lloyd Weir of Normal, IL, and Bob Hall tied for third place honorable mention.

In Sunday's “People's Choice” award competition selected by the public, Barrett won in the salsa competition, Paula Dunn won I the chilli verde competition, and Bob Dunn of Taylorville won in the chilli division.

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CAPTION TO ABOVE: Winner's in Sunday's International Chilli Society Central States Regional Cookoff during the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. From the left: Cookoff committee chair Tom Calvert; salsa winners 3rd place Lloyd Weir of Springfield, 2nd place winner Jill Goldberg of Madison, Wisconsin; first place salsa and People's Choice winner Scott Barrett of Willow Springs, IL; Junior Miss Chilli Pepper Faith Maxwell; 3rd place chilli verde winner Bob Hall of Taylorville; Little Miss Chilli Pepper Liberty Courtaway; first place chilli verde and People's Choice winner Paula Dunn of Taylorville; 3rd place chilli winner Mary Thomas of Clinton; 2nd place winner Larry Lentz of Nicholsville, Kentucky; Little Mister Chilli Pepper Jack Dunkirk; first place chilli cookoff winner Larry Estep of Springfield; People's Choice chilli award winner Bob Dunn; and Taylorville Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle.

 
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