Friends Dana Plank and Sara Keegan of Cherry Valley said they saw a poster for the event and made a day of it, planning a hike for before the Chili Bowl. Keegan said the special trip was in celebration of her birthday, which was earlier in the month.
Gerry and Laura Franco, of Port Crane, said this was their seventh Chili Bowl. They said they enjoy the event every year because there’s a great atmosphere and sense of community.
“We have a pretty cool collection of bowls too,” Gerry Franco said.
Bill Plymell was one of five Oneonta firefighters judging the Blind Taste Test Award this year. He called it a “tough job” and said it was important to “cleanse the pallette” after each sampling.
For the second year in a row, the winner of the Blind Taste Test Award was Bob Eklund of Aramark at Hartwick College in Oneonta.
Annie Kuhn, secretary of the CANO board, estimated the event raised more than $8,000 and said more than 400 bowls were sold.
The Chili Bowl is CANO’s no. 1 fundraiser, Kuhn said. This year’s profits, she said, will go toward the re-painting of the mansion, as well as art scholarships to the Carriage House Studio, which gives individual and small group art classes to people of all ages and skill levels.
Dennis Walrath, one of the Chili Bowl volunteers, said he interned at CANO last year and helped get the event off the ground as the “Events Coordinator.” He said this year was “even better” than the last.
“I think it was terrific,” Walrath said of this year’s event. “The place was packed.”