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Thank You

Posted in 2012, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , on 07-27-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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First Responders save lives. Thank you to our fire, police and emergency medical personnel.


Mountain Firefighter Challenge

Posted in 2012, Evergreen Lake House, Our Heros, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , on 07-05-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Gates open at 10:30 A.M. for the 11th annual Big Chili Cook-Off, Music & Arts Festival. This great event is being held at The Evergreen Lakehouse on September 9, 2012. Check The Big Chili website here for ticketing information.

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoThis is a fantastic community happening, and you really won’t want to miss anything. Two of our favorite events are The Mountain Firefighter Challenge and The Children’s Firefighter Challenge. Embrace the fun of competition as we all stand on the sidelines cheering for our favorite firefighter as they don all their gear and demonstrate their skills. Or watch as your little future firefighter dresses up in his or her gear and competes just like the “big guys.” volunteer firefighters in Colorado

Mark you calendars if you want to see these events – they will be happening earlier in the day than they have in the past, and you don’t want to miss a thing!

Thanks, Flip Dalfonso!

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Evergreen Lake House, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , on 06-11-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen
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Flip Dalfonso

Local photographer Flip Dalfonso says, “Photography has always been a passion of mine. Recent retirement has given me the opportunity to travel around and enjoy the many wonders that surround us.” He takes really great outdoor shot, like this photo of the Evergreen Lake House.

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© Flip Dalfonso – please do not reuse without permission.

Flip does more than photography in his retirement. He also takes ownership of his community by staying involved in those projects close to his heart. This year, Flip has graciously donated photographs for all of our Big Chili ads leading up to the Festival. This is one more thing The Big Chili doesn’t have to pay for. Not only do we get high-quality work, we get it in a way that ultimately puts more money into our firefighter fund. Thanks, Flip!!

It’s All For the Firefighters

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , , , , on 06-04-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoSomething interesting has come to our attention, and we’re totally surprised by it. It seems that in spite of this blog, and in spite of our webpage which can be found here, and in spite of our facebook page which can be found here, there are people all over Evergreen and the surrounding communities who have no idea why The Big Chili Cook-Off exists.

Now, it’s true that we have a competition each year where chili cooks fight it out (so to speak) for kudos and local fame as The Best Chili Cook in Town. It’s also true that we provide a venue for local artisans and vendors to display their artwork, products and services. And, yes, it’s also true that we have rockin’ bands on our music stage that keep our feet tapping and our spirits soaring all day long. In fact, The Big Chili is a family-friendly, community-oriented festival that many look forward to each year.

But this is not why the Big Chili exists. The Big Chili exists for the sole purpose of Raising Money for Our Volunteer Fire Departments. Men and women from  Indian Hills, Elk Creek, , Inter Canyon, Platte Canyon, Evergreen and  North Fork fire districts volunteer as firefighters to keep our mountain homes safe. This means when there is a fire or other emergency, our firefighters come home from a full day at their job, don their gear, and go fight. They are not sitting at the firehouse waiting for the call. They are not paid. To top it off, our firefighters frequently pay for their gear out of their own pockets. So The Big Chili was born, and over the years has raised tens of thousands of dollars for our fire departments. We will continue to raise funds for these selfless men and women, to ensure that our departments are well-funded and adequately equipped, and that the volunteers are fully trained, so when the moment comes we will have the best fire departments in the country.

Please mark your calendar to join us on September 9, 2012. It will be a fantastic day, filled with friendly competition, good food and great music. But most important, it is a tangible way to say Thank You to our volunteer firefighters.


Never Let Up

Posted in 2012, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , on 05-12-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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What Does Community Mean?

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , on 05-04-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volulnteer firefighters in ColoradoDuring the Lower North Fork Wildfire, we had firefighters from other states and fire districts come to our assistance. But it wasn’t the “same old same old” here in our mountain community. Our local businesses know what it means to offer a helping hand. Not only did local hotels offer rooms for families which had been displaced, but five restaurants came together and provided 750 meals for the firefighters. Local business people stepped up to serve those who were in the trenches.

One firefighter from Utah said he had never been treated with such kindness and gratitude anywhere else. All we can say is – that’s what the word “community” means to us. It means we’re all in this together. It’s why we call these mountains … home.

A Kiss of Thanks

Posted in 2012, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , on 04-06-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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He had just saved her from a fire in her house, rescuing her by carrying her out of the house into her front yard, while he continued to fight the fire. She is pregnant.

The firefighter was afraid of her at first, because he had never been around a Doberman before. When he finally got done putting the fire out, he sat down to catch his breath and rest.

A photographer from the Charlotte, North Carolina newspaper, “The Observer,” noticed this red Doberman in the distance looking at the fireman. He saw her walking straight toward the fireman and wondered what she was going to do. As he raised his camera, she came up to the tired man who had saved her life and the lives of her babies, and kissed him, just as the photographer snapped this photograph.