IMPERIAL — Neal Wray and Whimp Horton, a team from Wilber-Ellis Co., took first place and a $1,000 prize Wednesday in the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta's inaugural chili cook-off.
Seven teams spent the better part of the day and evening in the Granite Construction Grandstand Events Center area preparing, cooking and presenting their chili to several hundred fair-goers as well as the judges.
Wray and Horton cooked under the title of "Apple Dumplin Gang." They also won the People's Choice trophy.
A four-person team from the Imperial Irrigation District won second place and a $500 award with its "Hot Line Chili." Cooks were Sam Marquez, Norma Arellano, Belinda Rangel and Steve Vasquez.
The husband and wife team of Brad and Karen LeMert won third place and a $250 prize with "Mama's Chili."
The Best Booth Prize was awarded to another family team consisting of Phil Phillips, Michael Phillips and Vivian Phillips.