Press release by Peggy Velasquez
The Festival on the Trails celebrates the unique history of Gardner, Kan., where the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails met and then separated to the Old West. In a true “shootout,” there was a three-way tie for first place, with first-time CASI cook Chris Fox of Gardner winning the tie-breaker. A torrential rain and strong winds didn’t dampen the cooks’ spirits as they held on to their canopies and stoves and continued to cook.
1st: Chris Fox, Gardner
2nd: Larry Velasquez, Mission
3rd: Kevin Stovall, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
4th: Shelly Kroencke, Lenexa
5th: Lee Kroencke, Lenexa
6th: Colleen Lintner, Shawnee
7th: Brandon Fixsen, Gardner
8th: Fred Wiedner, Windsor, Mo.
9th: Peg Velasquez, Mission
10th: Paul Marshall, Lawrence
1st: Jalapeno Honey, Julie Wiedner
2nd: Chili Puercos, Larry Velasquez
3rd: Toad Chokin’ Chili, Colleen Lintner
Homestyle Chili
1st: Brandon Fixsen, Gardner
2nd: Mike Kessler, Gardner
3rd: Chris Fox, Gardner