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