Boardman Optimist Club holds Chili Cook-Off fundraiser

The Boardman Optimist Club held its annual Chili Cook-Off on Oct. 7, 2015.

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Who makes the best chili in the area? That is the question that the Boardman Optimist Club asked the community during its annual Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday.

Attendees were asked to taste samples of chili, submitted by politicians and local celebrities, and vote for their favorites. Included in the competition were First News reporters Nathan Lehota and Amanda Smith.

Among the winners were Mahoning County Judge Robert Rusu, with the most original chili, and Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti, for best chili. WKBN even took home an award — receiving one for the hottest chili in the competition.

The cook-off is the Optimist Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

“We try to support a lot of initiatives in the community for kids,” said Boardman Optimist Club President Chuck Hillman.

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