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9-11 Tribute

Posted in 2011, Around Town, History, Our Heros, Remembering September, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , on 10-19-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

The 9-11 tribute was one of the most meaningful moments of The Big Chili. Chris VanInwagen read the invocation in his Dress Blues. Our bagpiper, TJ, played a stirring piece. The Boy Scouts raised the Colors. And Young Austin sang the National Anthem. 

To top it all off, we had two flyovers during the tribute. It was a memorable time to honor the sacrifice of many.

 

Thank You Local Firefighters

Posted in 2011, Around Town, Evergreen Lake House, Our Heros, Remembering September, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 09-30-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

The reason we do this 

 

is to support our fire departments

 

 

 

 


to say Thank You,
and to remember those who have fallen.

 

A Day to Remember

Posted in 2011, Around Town, Evergreen Lake House, Our Heros, Remembering September, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , on 09-19-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

The Big Chili Cook-Off was not just a day to celebrate our community, raise money for our fire departments, and have a blast, it was also a day to remember. And we did…

Success!! (And It’s All Because of You)

Posted in 2011, Around Town, Evergreen Lake House, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 09-12-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Thank you!!

Thank you to everyone who made The Big Chili Cook-Off such a huge success. We want to thank:

Everyone who attended,

The hundreds of volunteers,

The chili cooks,

The sponsors,

The artists,

The vendors,

The emergency service workers, and

The Bands. The bands this year were absolutely phenomenal – it was some of the best music we’ve ever had at the Cook-Off. If you came out yesterday, you know how fabulous the day was.

During the rest of September, we’ll have details from the event (like winners!) and pictures, pictures, pictures. Once again, thank you Mountain Community and everyone involved in this day. We appreciate you!

It’s Just Around the Corner!!

Posted in 2011, Around Town, Evergreen Lake House, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 09-09-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Come one, come all! The 10th Annual Big Chili Cook-Off, Music & Arts Festival is this Sunday, September 11, 2011. We would like to thank State Farm® and our mountain agents for being a Premiere Sponsor of the Cook-Off and supporting our mountain area volunteer fire departments.

 

This year’s event will again be held at the Evergreen Lake House, located at 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd. in beautiful downtown Evergreen.

 

This spectacular day features a chili cook-off competition, live music, the Firefighter’s Challenge, juried Art Show, photo booths, and children’s activities. In addition, we will have food vendors including Seasonally Yours Evergreen Taffy Co. and Fresh Fudge Too, Tommyknocker Brewery, Mainstreet Restaurant, Java Mountain Roasters, Tropical Delights, Pappy’s Concessions, and CD’s Dogs.

 

Gates open at 10:30 a.m. with chili sampling beginning at 11 o’clock. Live music will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run continuously until 6 p.m. A Firefighter tribute will be held at 2:30 p.m. and the Chili Cook Awards at 4:15 p.m.

 

Shuttle parking is free for the event. Tickets may be purchased online and at the gate on event day. Tickets will also be available at King Soopers and Safeway (Evergreen and Conifer) until 6pm on the Saturday preceding the event.

 

Check The Big Chili for all other information. We are so excited and hope you are, too!! We can’t wait to see you there.

Proven Character

Posted in 2011, Our Heros, Remembering September, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , , , on 08-26-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

In December, 2008, firefighter Brian Kopp was snowmobiling with his friend and his friend’s son. As they were enjoying the great Colorado mountains, and each other’s company, the worst-case scenario began to unfold. They were caught in an avalanche. As the wall of snow raced toward them, Brian actually reached safety but quickly realized the boy with them had not. And so he did what came naturally to him – he turned around and went back.

This epitomizes the character of a firefighter – they turn around, and go back. As a country, we witnessed this very thing during the September 11 attacks, as approximately 250 firefighters laid down their lives helping others. Many of those ran into certain death, hoping they might save someone else with their sacrifice. As we watched it unfold, with shock and horror, we couldn’t help but feel a swell of pride at this tremendous act of bravery.

The bravery of a firefighter is not limited to the job. The story of Brian demonstrates that. In many respects, the story that was written on that day in 2008 is a horrible tragedy. Brian Kopp laid down his life for the son of his friend. The boy he was trying to save died with him; but as Brian’s wife told a local news station, ”I think the end of his story tells who he was. He died doing what he loved, trying to save someone, trying to help someone else.”

I cannot help the thought that flits through my mind as I remember these events. If ever I am faced with a life and death situation, I hope I display this kind of moral courage. I hope that I experience no hesitation. I hope that when tested, my character is of this kind: the character of one who turns around, and goes back.

Captain Darin Unruh

Posted in Our Heros, Remembering September, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA with tags , , , , on 08-19-2011 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

Firefighters go back. They run into danger when others are running away. This character was exemplified on September 11th, when hundreds of emergency service workers ran knowingly into mortal danger. When we look into our own hearts, when the ultimate test comes, and we have to dig deep, what will we find? Will we go back? This firefighter did, and his story is remarkable. Click on his name to hear his own words.

 Darin Unruh