LACONIA — The Sunday before Super Bowl marks the day Weirs Beach Lobster Pound hosts the Annual Chili Cook off, this year slated for Sunday January 26 beginning at noon.
Anyone with a penchant for fire and heat and a willingness to sample many chili offerings, is invited to join the festivities. Admission fee is $10 per person, children under 12 may sample for free, at this family friendly venue.
The official judging panel comprising of Laconia's fire chief Ken Erickson, police chief Chris Adams and the new mayor, Ed Engler, will award bragging rights to the restaurant fielding the meanest chili in the Lakes Region. Adams, returning judge on the official panel reported. "it's not all law and order in the Lakes Region. My department and I, are very supportive of the mission of the local animal shelter - we are a department of animal lovers, and we all love chili".
Engler also commented "long have the reporters at Laconia Daily Sun covered stories from the Humane Society, I am thrilled to join the panel since this event is for such a worthy charity, near and dear to my heart".
Live entertainment with Paul Warnick and saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz ,will keep the crowds musically limber. All who participate in the chili cook off will be able to purchase tickets for the restaurant raffles and the 50/50 raffle. Awards and raffle drawing will be held 4 p.m.
Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, owned by brothers Rich and Mike Ray, and managed by Bob Wilson, are strong animal advocates and supporters of the New Hampshire Humane Society. Their own Ambassadog, the beautiful Madison, serves to remind all the importance of stewardship of those who cannot speak for themselves. In support of the local animal shelter, 100 percent of the event proceeds will be gifted to the Laconia based animal welfare agency.
Shelter spokesperson Marylee Gorham said "we are so grateful to the Lobster Pound, many restaurants who have stepped up to the challenge this year, and the judges who agreed to lend their support. Knowing we have so many friends in the community inspires our staff, volunteers and supporters to do the very best they can every day, enriching the lives of the animals we are pledged to care for until adoption."
For more information about the event call Weirs Beach Lobster Pound at 366-2255 or check either www.wblp.com or www.nhhumane.org.