Did you know chili cook-off is turning 25?
Did you know that this year University of Houston-Clear Lake will celebrate a quarter century of Chili Cook-Offs? Twenty-five years ago the new tradition was cooked up and it’s only gotten spicier as time has gone by.
Created in part by former Director of Student Activities Eileen Hulme, the first UHCL Chili Cook-Off was held in the spring 1989 as a new way to foster friendly competition and create a great event for UHCL and the local community.
At the 2013 cook-off UHCL’s official costumed mascot was introduced. Since named Hunter the Hawk, this year’s cook-off will celebrate Hunter’s first birthday. Along with the birthday celebration, this year’s cook-off theme celebrates the 80’s and the event’s history.
The hair might not be as big and the shoulder pads might be missing, but the 80’s will be alive and well. Back in 1989 when the first cook-off was held, students were listening to “Wind Beneath My Wings” and Milli Vanilli on their Sony Walkmans, and the Houston Oilers were NFL contenders.
A record number of teams have entered this year’s cook-off and will be competition for first, second or third place for “best chili,” Best Booth, Popular Vote, Student Government Association Award and Spirit Awards. As usual, the UHCL Alumni Association will have a high-flavored presence, but to learn more about their theme you’ll have to stop by their booth.
The 25th annual Chili Cook-Off will be April 5, noon-4 p.m. Chili Cook-Off is a family-friendly event and includes games and live music. It is free to attend, with tasting kits available for purchase. For complete event information, visit www.uhcl.edu/chilicookoff.
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