Woodburn City Hall hosts a Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 7, to help support the Woodburn Clothing Bank.

The cook-off is at 22735 Main St., Woodburn, from 4-8 p.m.

Join the cause by entering your chili into the contest, as well as an apple or pumpkin pie bake-off. Dallich Entertainment will be live during the event.

Tonya Thompson has run the nonprofit for 12 years, the first nine years out of her garage. Due to the pandemic, Thompson was forced to cancel the first Chili Cook-off in March but hopes to make the fall event annual. The vendors attending are Magnetic eyelashes, Norwex, Lemongrass Spa, Epicure and Scentsy. There will also be custom artwork available and three craft tables.

Thompson states, “Honestly, without the small businesses of the world we wouldn’t be going anywhere. Everybody started small, so its an opportunity for people to get a good variety for Christmas.”

A silent auction will also be held that offers free oil changes, free blade sharpening, a crocheted queen size blanket, and many other items.

Each chili and pie contestant will be evaluated by three judges. The winner will receive a gift card and according to Thompson, “bragging rights” for their chili. The chili cut-off was Nov. 1.

Thompson hopes to bring the community together, saying, “It takes a community to raise a community.”

Thompson, the founder of the Woodburn Community Clothing Bank, hopes to use the raised money to lease a new store front. The clothing bank is currently solely funded by Thompson herself, but hopes to be supported by the Woodburn community. However, Keller Development has donated a washer and dryer as well as the current store to Thompson for three years. Thompson states, “I can almost furnish an apartment with what we have in the store.” However, she no longer has cribs or car seats for liability reasons, in spite of starting the clothing bank for little kids.

For more information, contact Thompson at (260) 255-0075.

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