Antigo's Annual Chili Cook-Off brings out friendly competition Submitted: 12/06/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

Antigo's Annual Chili Cook-Off brings out friendly competition
ANTIGO - Ed Heyer and Brian Dewitt are the definition of friendly competition.

"We make chili that's better than Brian's," said Heyer, who's from Lake Geneva. 

"I'm Brian," laughed Dewitt. 

Heyer and Dewitt's friendship goes back two decades.

"We've competed against each other off and on, I've gone down there, and they've come up here," said Dewitt, who's from Tomahawk. 

A couple of years ago, Heyer and his wife surprised Dewitt at the Antigo Chili Cook-Off.

"They set up right next to us and I'm here chopping away and cooking and all of the sudden, I go next door and here they are," said Dewitt. 

The catch is Dewitt has more than 15 years of cooking experience under his belt. He was a Navy cook for several years and the Heyers aren't even competing in the same category as Brian. But that doesn't stop them from trying to make the best chili around. 

"It actually changes from sweet to sour to salty to spicy to hot," said Heyer as he described his chili. 

"It's really to get the flavors to meld all together so when you take that bite, you get a little bit of heat up front. You get a little bit of a flavor. Flavor in the back of the throat and you get that warm feeling inside is what I shoot for," said Dewitt. 

At the end of the day, these two friends know why they enjoy serving up some good competition.

"It's good for the communities and I enjoy the people. You can't ask for better than this," said Dewitt. 

Wednesday was the 20th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Antigo. Dozens of local businesses and organizations participated in the event.

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