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Meet celebrity judges, enjoy chili and help make Christmas special for kids and seniors at Wilderness Trail Distillery Saturday

Winners of the 2017 Chili Cook-Off at Wilderness Trail Distilley (Denise Henderson Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only can you enjoy some terrific chili Saturday at Wilderness Trail Distillery while helping provide some Christmas cheer for both youth and senior citizens, but you will also have a chance to mingle with some special celebrity judges.

The second annual Charity Chili Cook-Off tobenefit the Danville Kiwanis Christmas for Kids and Seniors will have chili available for the public from 10 cooks — one cook is preparing two entries — by about 11:30 a.m.

Judges will include Cameron Mills, a member of UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship basketball teams as well as the national runner-up team in 1997. Another judge will be Boyle County football coach Chuck Smith, who again has the Rebels positioned to add another state championship.

The Kentucky Taste Buds — Leigh Roach and Tamara Schneider — will be back as judges to add some “expertise” to the guest judging. They have a blog — www.kytastebuds.com — where they write about their visits to various spots across the state. They have a regular segment on WTVQ (Channel 36) and are regular guests on various radio shows, including the Sunday night show on WLAP-AM hosted by Mills.

The public can also vote on the best chili until 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are $10 for the family friendly event and there will be free pumpkin decorating, free children’s books and free facepainting. Boyle County High cheerleaders will sell hotdog meals for children who might not like chili.
There will also be a bounce house for kids.
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Emily Toadvine of Wilderness Trail Distillery will join me on WKYB (107.5 FM, wkybfm.com) Thursday at 9 a.m. to talk about Saturday’s event.

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