It's the perfect time of year for chili .
and today, chili fans were in luck.
Over a thousand visitors could taste all kinds of
chili today at the 25th Annual State Bank Chili Cook-off
at Riverside Park.
Seven dollars bought visitors admission and the chance
to try almost thirty different recipes from teams
competing to make the best batch.
The event raises money for public education and local
DARE programs .
which teaches area fifth graders how to stand up to
peer pressure and make healthy decisions.
This, the DARE and la crosse educational foundation,
this is a great cause to come out for, allmy friends
are making chili, here for that cause only.
its' not for anything but to make chili have fun and
take care of kids.
Event organizers say the cook-off has grown every
year since it started out in a parking lot in 1991
and has raised about 200 thousand dollars for DARE
and public education over the past 25 years.