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The Rising Phoenix fires up winning recipe in annual chili cook-off

Coming in a close second was Becker Transport and All Around Divas in third.

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Glenn Whiteford and Kris Gardner serve up the winning chili during the 2022 Chili Cook-off.
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WADENA — The flavors of chili filled downtown Wadena last Thursday for the annual Wadena Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-off.
Walking away the winner by one vote, a total of 31, was The Rising Phoenix Thrift Store. Their sweet and savory flavor made it hard for visitors to forget. Creator of the winning chili is The Rising Phoenix's Kris Gardner, who was helped in serving by executive director Glenn Whiteford.

A total of 157 votes were tallied in this year's event, which included beautiful fall weather. Coming in a very close second place was Becker Transport with 30 votes. All Around Divas was right behind with 28 votes.
The competition was obviously very close as people walked downtown sidewalks sampling from over a dozen chili recipes made and shared by local businesses.

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Brad Cantleberry serves up chili for Becker Transport on Thursday, Sept. 22, in downtown Wadena.
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James Weaver of Tony's Transfer made this year's chili.

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