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Published March 20, 2011, 08:34 PM

Church Chili Cook-Off Raises $2,407 for Youth Group

A chili cook-off at Immanuel Lutheran Church can be summed up in a simple sentence: "It's fun to do and it's good food."

A chili cook-off at Immanuel Lutheran Church can be summed up in a simple sentence: "It's fun to do and it's good food," said Gary Bethke.

Now comes the hard part, summing up which group has the best chili.

"This is the best one, honest to God," said one lady with a smile.

"I've been asking people as they've been walking around and they've told us which ones they don't like. They like ours," said another group member.

Each group spices the competition up with costumes and of course a wide range of flavors.

"It's got a kick to it!" said one man.

The one with the best chili gets a prize, but the winner is not the only one going away with something.

"It's really encouraging to see the number of people supporting us," said Brice Fenske, a member of the church's youth group.

All the people eating at the contest want to raise money to send the church youth group to a leadership conference in San Antonio in 2013.

"It's just a gethering of youth Christians. There are classes and they teach you," said Cole Huebner, a youth group member.

What these students learn at the conference are tools they can use to build a better and stronger community.

"We do a lot of volunteering at the homeless shelter, pick up trash on the highways and stuff like that," said Fenske.

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