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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!

Words Are Not Enough

Posted in 2012, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , on 06-18-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen
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photo courtesy ABC News

With the High Park fire still raging, temperatures forecast to hit 100 in Denver today, extremely dry conditions and a potentially scary fire season still looming before us, we want to say:

Thank You Firefighters.

Thank You to those who throw themselves between us and disaster, fighting for our homes and our safety.

Thank You to those in Ft. Collins fighting that monster right now.

Thank You to our local volunteer firefighters who are ready to go at a moment’s notice.

We appreciate you more than words can say.  ~  The Big Chili Cook-Off of Evergreen

… and More Bands

Posted in 2012, Around Town, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , on 06-01-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

We’re getting so excited for The Big Chili Cook-Off Arts and Entertainment Festival coming to Evergreen September 9, 2012! The primary purpose for this fun and fabulous event is to raise funds for our mountain area volunteer fire departments, but it also serves as a great place for the community to come together, eat scrumptious food, see some beautiful work of local artists, and listen to foot-tappin’ music.

The Big Chili will be featuring Open Space as its opening act, with these other great musicians performing throughout the day:

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoYoung Austin an No Difference ~ Austin Lee Young, a Colorado native, has been described by some as being a “phenom” guitar player.  His youth and energy lend to his own style of music which he calls “Texandrix Blues”. If you’ve never heard Austin play, listen to an audio clip of him playing here at the Young Austin website and be amazed.

The Wendy Woo Band ~ As Colorado’s music scene has exploded over the past few years, one of its mainstays has been Wendy Woo. Her energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country. The Wendy Woo Band was the winner of KMGH Channel 7’s 2011 A-List. WWB took first place out of a staggering 271 nominees in the BEST LOCAL BAND category! You can check the band’s website here.

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The Bucktones ~   The Bucktones cover a range of styles from Old Rock to Motown to Blues to Country, and originals. They bring a ton of fun to the party, always in good taste! Check out youtube videos or song lists at the Bucktones website here. Mark your calendars now to hear these homegrown Colorado bands live! volunteer firefighters in Colorado

Check Facebook to Match Your Gift

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , on 05-25-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

A bad fire season is predicted this year in the Rocky Mountains. The rain we’ve been having certainly helps, but our volunteer fire departments are preparing for a dry summer. With this in view, The Big Chili Cook-Off has set a goal of increasing sponsorships by 30% for this year’s cook-off. volunteer firefighters in ColoradoYou can be involved! Check The Big Chili on facebook for details.

You may think only businesses can sponsor The Big Chili, but that’s not true! Everyone can be involved. Everyone can feel the satisfaction of contributing to our local fire departments. In fact, we’ve had a local business step up with a matching gift this spring. This means, if you donate $10, they will match it with $10. If you donate $40, they will match it with $40 – – all the way up to $1,500! This means that right now, whatever you are able to give will be doubled. That’s fantastic!

Check The Big Chili on facebook for more information about our matching program. You can go to The Big Chili anytime  (by clicking here) to donate online. Thank you! Every volunteer hour, every monetary gift, and every gift in kind helps our firefighters to be better equipped and better prepared.

Prescribed Burn

Posted in 2012, History, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , , on 05-14-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Some of us may wonder, “Why are prescribed burns done on our forests?” Questions like this loom, especially after the Lower North Fork Wildfirewhich erupted from a prescribed burn. The purpose is to prevent destructive wildfires

Fort Lewis prairie and grassland smolders afte...

which can be done by burning under safer conditions with the necessary tools for control. An appropriately “controlled” burn would reduce fuels that feed dangerous fires and assure that the next fire season would not bring destructive, property damaging fire. Prescribed burning is a very precise practice and a complex tool. Fire is applied in a knowledgeable manner to forest fuels on a specific land area under selected weather conditions to accomplish predetermined, well-defined management objectives. Only a certified fire prescriptionist should be allowed to burn. Proper diagnosis and detailed planning is mandatory before every burn. An incomplete assessment of any factor in a plan can lead to serious loss of property and life with serious liability questions to both the landowner and the one responsible for the burn. Here at The Big Chili, we’re not casting judgment on anyone for the prescribed burn done in March. We don’t yet know every detail – it’s possible the wind simply didn’t behave as predicted. Yet even in the wake of such a terrible turn of events it’s important to remember that prescribed burns are necessary. They actually serve to make us safer

as well as keeping the forest healthy.

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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Matching Your Gift

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , on 05-07-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

A bad fire season is predicted this year in the Rocky Mountains. The rain and snow we’ve been having the last couple of days certainly helps, but our volunteer fire departments are preparing for a dry summer. With this in view, The Big Chili Cook-Off has set a goal of increasing sponsorships by 30% for this year’s cook-off. volunteer firefighters in Colorado

You may think only businesses can sponsor The Big Chili, but that’s not true! Everyone can be involved. Everyone can feel the satisfaction of contributing to our local fire departments. In fact, we’ve had a local business step up with a matching gift this spring. This means, if you donate $10, they will match it with $10. If you donate $40, they will match it with $40 – – all the way up to $1,500! This means that right now, whatever you are able to give will be doubled. That’s fantastic!

Check The Big Chili on facebook for more information about our matching program. You can go to The Big Chili anytime  (by clicking here) to donate online. Thank you! Every volunteer hour, every monetary gift, and every gift in kind helps our firefighters to be better equipped and better prepared.