Relay for Life raising funds with chili cook-offs


Relay for Life chili cook-off competitors will be bringing the heat this month at event’s across Medina County.

Cook-offs are scheduled to take place in Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth, with the first one Saturday in Brunswick.

Brunswick City Manager Carl DeForest, who won people’s choice award for his chili the past two years, said he is going for three.

If you go…
Relay for Life chili cook-off competitions will be held in Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth this year.
11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Location: Brunswick Recreation Center, 3637 Center Road, Brunswick.
Cost: Donations accepted at door.
Jan. 19
5-7 p.m.
Location: Medina Performing Arts Center, 851 Weymouth Road, Medina.
Cost: Donations accepted at door.
Jan. 26
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location: Radiant Life Church community room, 844 Hartman Road, Wadsworth.
Cost: $5 admission includes unlimited samples, a drink and a vote for favorite chili. No cost for cancer survivors.

“It is the kickoff to Relay for Life, it is a great opportunity for us to start to get involved in raising money for the fight against cancer and help those people who are battling an illness that has taken a lot of our friends and family,” DeForest said Thursday.

DeForest said he believes it is important to show support at a local level, and support those who work to make the event successful year after year.

“I currently have a friend who is batting cancer and you can either talk about it or you can do something about it and I’d rather do something about it,” he said.

DeForest said he will enter a taco chili recipe that will be “the same or similar” to the winning recipe from years past.

Tasters will turn their attention to Medina on Jan. 19 and Wadsworth on Jan. 26.

Wadsworth event organizer Terri Kreider said there are currently 11 teams signed up to participate this year, but entries will be accepted through Saturday.

Kreider said the Wadsworth Relay for Life team is like one big family that continues to grow through events like the chili cook-off.

“Last year was amazing, we usually have a so-so good turnout, but last year was amazing and my fingers are crossed that we can do it again,” Kreider said Thursday.

Wadsworth City Councilman Tom Stugmyer will serve as one of a trio of judges that will determine who will walk away as a chili champion. It will be his second year serving as a judge.

Stugmyer said he is looking for something that stands out among the competition when judging the chili entries.

“Just something unique, something different that stands out,” Stugmyer said Thursday.

Kreider said the countywide Relay for Life event will be Saturday, June 8, at the Medina County Fairgrounds where teams will walk for 18 hours to raise money to fight cancer.

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