Relax, enjoy the chili
Classic Chevrolet’s annual competition turns out large crowd & winning teams
By Elsa Maxey
Fifty great teams at the annual chili cook-off at Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land on the Southwest Freeway served up some of the best chili in town. Just ask the judges – Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson, Sugar Land Assistant City Manager Steve Griffith, Miss Sugar Land Mai Phan, Buc-ee’s Mascot, the Skeeter’s Swatson Mascot, Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales, Jr., Kinky Friedman, and Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley – who sampled the entries. The best chili? Well, Commissioner Patterson said, “it was the one he had,” which translates to all of them.
“This was the 4th year we have held this unique fundraising event to benefit the Sugar Land Police Officer’s Association and we are humbled to be able to provide the funds to make their futures a little easier as they sacrifice every day to make our lives easier,” said Classic Chevrolet owner Don Kerstetter.
Family friendly activities featured water dunking, live music, and even a bit of dancing, mostly by children along with Swatson from the Skeeters, a huge, yellow duckie, a beaver, and a 10-foot tall cartoon looking Texan.
Principal to organizing the event, the dealership’s General Sales Manager Mark Kolon was assisted by Ray Aguilar, Community Relations Manager along with the many organizations and businesses that brought to life a mini city under a tent with close to 3,000 visitors on a picture perfect, Fort Bend spring day.
Classic Chevrolet and its partners have raised over $40,000 for the Sugar Land Police Officers Association with chili cook-offs and golf tournaments.
Winners and categories of the 2014 of the Classic Chevy Chili Challenge:
• Crowd Favorite – Sugar Land Baptist Church
• Spirit Award – Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office
• Best Texas Chili – Exchange Club of Sugar Land
• Spicy Chili – Texas Community Referral Network
• Bean Chili – Bikers Against Child Abuse
• Specialty Chili – Access Health and the Fort Bend
Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2014
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