|This is what we were looking for.|
|Taking a big taste of one of the contestants' offerings.|
|Leah (right) with her sister, Glo, and Glo's husband John Swann. Chomp. Chomp.|
|Pineapple upside down cornbread. Swear to god.|
|Fashion was ... uh ... optional.|
|Taking a photo is a team effort.|
|Sun, mountains, color, people, chili. Good day.|
|Pensive Leah in the poetry garden at the Sedalia Center.|
|Mark Minuto's chili was, by far, the best.|
|This was not the oldest person attending. Promise.|
|This is what it was all about.|
Mark is an Edward Jones financial advisor based in Bedford and he brought in 75 pounds of raw steak, gallons of cider and a bunch of other chili stuff to produce a batch that would have won on my card at the Virginia State Chili Festival in Roanoke (I was a judge in the last one). Mild, sweet, smooth and rich. Good chili, Mark. Hope you'll register for the state tournament next year. This was better than anything I tasted there.
Leah and I went to the festival with her sister Gloria Swann and Glo's husband John. Here are some photos from the day.