for Empire Tribune
The people of Bluffdale take a few things seriously. On Saturday, he was in Chile, two of which were raising scholarship funds to further the education of recipients.
The 2023 Bluffdale Garden Club Scholarship Chili Cook-Off was held Saturday at the town’s Volunteer Fire Station facility.
At the event, the Illas County community solicited scholarships for seniors at Bluffdale High School who would like to attend a trade school, community college or university.
A total of 19 pots of chili entered the competition. Nine cars advanced to the “final table”, which is judged based on the criteria of aroma, appearance and taste.
The Insulated Tumbler Cup was awarded to 1st Place Michelle Widner. Chris Nuggent, 2nd. Buddy Stevens, 3rd. And Lysette Rodriguez, People’s Choice.
Georgia Scott, Board Member of the Bluffdale ISD School Board and Garden Club Member, said she was very pleased with the growth the event has seen since its development in the Mountain Lakes area.
“I love new people,” said Scott. “When we had Mountain Lakes, more people started coming, so we moved everything into the fire department garage.”
Scott also emphasized the importance of raising funds to give financial contributions to seniors within the school district.
“This is a big deal,” she said. “Sometimes a two-year degree is enough to get you going.”
Annual cook-offs are a fun way to engage the community in supporting high school seniors’ post-college studies and future careers.