Knooper Chili takes top honors at 2017 chili cook off

LIttle Prince Deagan Dusenberry, left, and Little Princess Jasey Waters, right, are crowned at the 2017 Lake City Fall Fest. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO/ERIN SOMMERS

A team of Lake City cooks took first place at the annual Dell Blair Memorial Chili Cookoff in Lake City Sunday.

Paul Bixenstine, Jason Bixenstine, Mark Hungate, Maria Bixenstine and Barb and Dennis Hedin comprised Knooper Chili, which won this year’s trophy.

Jason Bixenstine said the secret to the award-winning recipe was hard work.

Second place in the contest went to the team Better than Brad, while third place went to Kenzie Addison.

Anthony and Jeri Vanderheiden of Lake City won first place and the People’s Choice award for the inaugural smoked meat competition, besting one competitor.

This year’s event also featured a Little Prince and Little Princess Contest.

Read more in the Sept. 13 edition.