What an amazing time we had at the 40th District Annual Chili Contest last Sunday at Tom Pasma's Ranch in Bow! We tasted more than a dozen chilis from local progressive organizations, heard from some local political rockstars, soaked in sunshine and great company, enjoyed live music from 40th LD San Juan Vice Chair Sharon Abreu, and experienced a live horse training demonstration.
We had contestants from the 40th, 39th & 10th LD Democrats, Skagit County Democrats, Fidalgo Democrats, Young Democrats of Skagit County, Whatcom Democrats, ACLU/Power People Committee from Skagit Indivisible United, Burlington Democrats, Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy, and Sister District Project CD1 & CD 2.
Rita Sullivan took home the 1st Place People's Choice Chili with her black bean Cuban-style chili and Sedro-Woolley City Council candidate Karl de Jong was a close runner up with his wild, locally-sourced venison (expertly butchered by his campaign staffer!) and bacon chili.
We also heard from Washington State Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, 40th District Rep. Kris Lytton, Bellingham City Council member Roxanne Murphy, Sedro-Woolley City Council member Germaine Kornegay, Mt. Vernon City Council candidate Iris Alicia Carias, Anacortes City Council member Liz Lovelett. We will also hear from 40th District Representative Jeff Morris and the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy on their new carbon tax initiative.
We also presented flowers and much-due recognition to long-time members Hue Beattie and Maggie M. Hanson as well as former Skagit Vice Chair Rita Sullivan.
After the event, attendees were treated to horse and hydrabull demonstrations by nationally known trainer Sue Sultze with help from Tom Pasma.
Finally, we'd also like to give a big shout-out to local food producers who made generous donations for our 1st Place gift basket. Those include Samish Bay Cheese, Bow Hill Blueberries, Gothberg Farms, Rhododendron Cafe, Breadfarm and Tulip Valley Winery.
Thanks again to everyone who made this event spectacular!