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Elmo ready to get the ‘Hot’ on with Veterans Day chili cookoff
SoVaNow.com / November 01, 2012What do veterans, Elmo, and Chili have in common? Some might think there is little to connect these three things.
But, Elmo is a small community located along River Road (about 11 miles west of Berry Hill Plantation) that has long played a role of historical significance in Halifax County, and likely found many soldiers camping in the nearby woods during the civil war.
Elmo currently is a community in transition where many veterans have re-located and several have opened new businesses. Tie all this together with the many legends and historical writings about chili and how what we know as our modern day version came to be.
Add the interesting historical note that in 1881, William Gerard Tobin, was the first to negotiate with the United States government to sell a canned product to the Army and Navy. The product being of course canned chili, which during that time was made from goat meat. So you might say chili was the first canned or preserved product offered to our Veterans.
The community of Elmo is hosting the first Veterans Day Chili Cook-of on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Old Elmo Country Store (which has recently re-opened and is one of the new veteran-owned businesses). So dust off those chili recipes, warm up your pot and enter the Elmo Veteran Day Chili Cook-off. There is no charge to, nor do you have to be a veteran, to enter.
Just bring your prepared chili to the Elmo Store no later than 10:45 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 10 to enter the contest. At 11 a.m. we will commence the judging for the best over-all chili. Where local judges such as, Del. James Edmunds, Sheriff Fred Clark, and Molasses Grill chef, Steve Schopen will taste, select, and award a prize to the best overall chili entrant. The spectators can also participate as tasters and will be able to cast their vote for the “community choice”, best chili category.