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Meritrust named grand champ at chili cookoff

Tammy Taylor of Meritrust Credit Union dishes up some chili Saturday during the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff.
Tammy Taylor of Meritrust Credit Union dishes up some chili Saturday during the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff. The Wichita Eagle

For about 10,000 people on Saturday, the 33rd Annual Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff was a chance to get a taste of chili, chili and more chili. But the event was also a competition, with bragging rights at stake.

Following are the results of that competition, listed by category, and the winners who can now lay claim to the aforementioned bragging rights.

Grand champion: Meritrust Credit Union

People’s choice-bean: Savor-Intrust Bank Arena, first; Afterburn, second

Charity choice-bean: Ronald McDonald House, first

ICS verde chili: Savor-Intrust Bank Arena, first; Emerson Biggins, second; Hog Call Chili, third; Howie Do Chili, fourth; AIP Afterburner Chili, fifth

ICS red chili: AIP Afterburner Chili, first; Hawkeye Chili, second; Buzzard Bait Chili, third; Inappropriate Chili, fourth; Hog Call Chili, fifth

Restaurant: The Diamond Plate Truck, first; Emerson Biggins, second; Red Bull BBQ, third; The Monarch, fourth; River City Brew Crew, fifth

Anything goes: Kansas Star Casino, first; AIP Afterburner Chili, second; Kansas 2-Step Chili, third; Sterling Silver, fourth; Fat Head Chili, fifth

No beans: Toucan Chili 2, first; Meritrust Credit Union, second; Kansas 2-Step Chili, third; AIP Afterburner Chili, fourth; Howie Do Chili, fifth

Chili for charity: Wichita Children’s Home, first; Wichita Festivals Inc., second; East YMCA Men’s Club, third; Ronald McDonald House, fourth; Passageways, fifth

ICS salsa: Hot Nights-Chili Days, first; Toucan Chili 2, second; Cold 3 Chili, third; Chili Cocinero’s, fourth; Toucan Chili 1, fifth

Team spirit: Wichita Festivals Inc., first; Security 1st Title, second; KSN, third

Best booth: Wichita Festivals Inc., first; Security 1st Title, second; Meritrust Credit Union, third

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