By Jean Seegers


 ROCKTON – Doors at the American Center opened at 11 a.m., Feb. 21. The unmistakable aroma of chili permeated the air as contestants decorated their booths and prepared for the rush of visitors.

The annual Josh Ryan Cornerstone Wealth Management Chili Cook-off and Bag Toss was underway.

Cook-off contestants brought their chili to the event rather than preparing it on-site, a requirement of the Winnebago County Health Department.

Booths displayed unique decorative touches. The prize for best decorate booth went to Ryan Rydell and his family.

Laura and Jim Baluch, representing BDLBV, LLP Law Firm won first prize and received the coveted traveling chili pot and trophy. Second prize went to The Macktown Lion’s Club.

Lindsey Swanson, a candidate for the Roscoe Village Board of Trustees, won The People’s Choice Award.

All proceeds from the family-oriented fundraising event benefit the Rockton Lion’s Club charities and projects. This is the second year Ryan has hosted the cook-off and bag toss contests.

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