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2009 ChiliFest for Vets and Rett

Rett Angels at 2008 ChiliFest2009 marks the 2nd Annual ChiliFest for Vets and Rett.

The idea for ChiliFest was conceived by Mankato Police Commanders Amy Vokal and Matt DuRose, along with KTOE 1420 AM radio personality Trish. During their weekly radio show, “Talkin’ the Beat”, they came up with the idea of having a grudge-match chili cook-off between police officers and firefighters. Ashlyn Bennett

In the Fall of 2008, the idea gained inspiration, when Ashlyn Bennett, the daughter of Mankato Police Officer Jason Bennett, had a dramatic change in her medical status. Ashlyn, who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2007, suffered a dramatic and sudden onset of uncontrollable seizures, causing her to be hospitalized for a month. Ashlyn became the motivation to bring the 1st Annual ChiliFest to fruition, to raise money for the Minnesota Rett Syndrome Research Association.

As the planning continued, Mankato area Veterans took up the cause as well, and the Mankato Veteran’s Memorial Place also became a beneficiary of the event. The 1st Annual ChiliFest was a resounding success, bringing in over $8,000 for the two groups!

This year's ChilIFest will prove to be BIGGER and BETTER than last years!  We have a lot of  exciting things planned for the day, including a bean bag tournament, silent auction, celebrity judges, entertainment by Fish Frye (the band, not the food), games for the kids and A LOT MORE!!  Check back often for updates on what's coming!

View a partial listing of this year's Silent Auction items HERE (over 125 items!)

This Year's Judges:

Carol Molnau Minnesota Lt. Governor Carol Molnau
Nicole Winters Nicole Winters, KEYC-TV anchor 
Bukata Hayes  Bukata Hayes, Executive Director, Greater Mankato Diversity Council 
Brad Steele  Brad Steele, Hot 96.7 KDOG-FM On-Air personality
Eric Malone  Eric Malone, Director, River Hills Mall Security 
Judge Bradley Walker  Hon. Bradley Walker, Blue Earth County District Court Judge 

Saturday, November 21st, 11:00a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Buster's Bar and Grill
1325 Madison Ave, Mankato, MN (map)

Tickets are $5.00 for tasting the competition chili, and all the Matt's Catering/Buster's Bar chili you can eat!


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ChiliFest Forms

Entry Form


Informational Flyer