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Chili cook-off will raise funds, pit VFW and Scouts


With a little competition, Robert Griffin hopes to raise funds for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Cub Scouts.

“I’m part of both, so I thought what could we do as a fundraiser that would get a lot of exposure and something that would be fun,” Griffin said.

He landed on a chili cook-off.

“I brought it up at both meetings and we thought in January it’s cold and it doesn’t take a lot (of supplies) and everyone has their own recipe,” he said. “So we took the commander of VFW and the cub master and created a competition.”

He said Wayne Miller, the VFW commander, is an Army veteran; Eric Biggs, a Cub Scout master, is a Navy veteran. Griffin said these two branches aren’t known to be the best of friends.

“Wayne is older and Eric is this fresh young pup,” he said. “The differences created a competition.”

The first Newberg Chili Cook-off will start at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at the VFW Hall and run until 3 p.m.

There will be unlimited chili, corn bread, coffee, hot chocolate and tea available for $5.

Griffin said to help promote the event he has asked Mayor Bob Andrews to proclaim Jan. 25 “Chili Cook-Off Day: VFW 4015 vs BSA Cub Pack 7250.”

“For publicity, notoriety and interest,” he said.