Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Antigo's Annual Chili Cook-Off brings out friendly competition Submitted: 12/06/2017
Allie Herrera
Allie Herrera
Reporter/Anchor
aherrera@wjfw.com

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.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

ONEIDA COUNTY - The excessive amount of rain last weekend not only damaged roadways and private property, but wildlife management areas as well.

Blocked or washed out culverts and roadways on state land limit access to areas used often by people.

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF - The Woodruff Fire Department took a step towards getting a new kind of fire truck to its station. For years, the department has considered investing in a ladder truck to better serve the community.

Recently the town board has given the department to go-ahead to start looking.

A demonstration was held Tuesday night so that the department could see the difference between a 75 ft. ladder versus a 107 ft. ladder truck. The demonstration was also to get town board members more familiar with that kind of truck. 

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF - S'mores, sleeping bags, and firewood are usually at the top of people's camping checklist.

A recent law change made it legal to move firewood but the DNR still hopes people don't.

Since 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources banned bringing your own firewood to a state property, unless you live 10 miles or closer to the property.

"[The ban is] to attempt to prevent the spread of invasive diseases and insects that can have a detrimental impact on our forests," said DNR State Forest Team Leader Tom Shockley.

He says currently, the entire state of Wisconsin in now quarantined for the invasive species emerald ash bore and gypsy moth, meaning it's no longer illegal to move wood across county lines.

+ Read More

HAZELHURST - You'll get the chance to catch a variety of theater shows this summer in Hazelhurst.

Tommy O's Playhouse kicks off its summer season Wednesday.

There is a wide mix of shows this year from an old-time country music show to plays written by locals.

"We try to revolve all of our shows within a week or so that if people are up here they can come see one show, then see another show," says Tommy Organiscak.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Fourteen years later and a family of superheroes are back on the big screen, but Incredibles 2 is also sparking some concerns. 

After the movie's box office opening, movie theaters like Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander got a letter from Disney. 

"There's some elements of the story with some of the characters, like the villain in particular, where they identify that there could be concern because of some of the strobing effects that are used," said Rouman Cinema owner George Rouman.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Jim Brust's mother died of Alzheimer's. However, the Pelican Lake man believes a healthier lifestyle made a difference in his mother's quality of life after her diagnosis. 

"It was very important to maintain her nutrition [and] her physical activity. So it was at least maintaining the progression of the disease," said Brust. 

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Health Awareness month. Community outreach specialist Julie St. Pierre said taking care of your body helps strengthen your brain.

+ Read More

PRICE COUNTY - A Price County man won a $90,000 Badger 5 jackpot earlier this month.

The Wisconsin Lottery reports Rudolph Scotch of Catawba successfully chose the winning numbers of 2, 13, 15, 29, and 30 for the June 14 drawing.  Scotch bought his winning ticket at Catawba Farm Supply on Highway 8.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here