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Firefighter Tribute

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off, USA, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , on 07-11-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

We try to keep a balance here at The Big Chili as we spend the year planning this fantastic event. We balance all the fun we plan to have at this exciting community event with the reason for its existence – supporting our local volunteer firefighters. A couple of events we have at the festival are specifically designed to bring our minds back to our core purpose. We will have a firefighter tribute that will honor those who serve us. A bagpiper will play, and the Evergreen Firefighter Color Guard will present the colors.

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We also have this venue – the Big Chili Blog – to make sure people are made aware of the need to support our volunteer fire departments. We thank our volunteer teams, who make such a huge difference in the community. We thank our local firefighters for their efforts during an already difficult fire season and our national firefighters for coming to Colorado’s assistance. And we make mention of the fact that the stress of this fire season goes way beyond the fires themselves. Many of our firefighters who have already faced a grueling season will have to replace all their gear before next year. This means hundreds and hundreds of dollars coming straight out of the pockets of our volunteers themselves. This is one reason for the existence of The Big Chili – to offset costs of equipment and gear for our firefighters. As you consider your charitable giving for the year, please consider The Big Chili Cook-Off. Your involvement with us puts funding right into the hands of our mountain area fire departments and firefighters.

Why We Do What We Do

Posted in 2012, Around Town, September 2012, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 06-20-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

volunteer firefighters in ColoradoToday we officially start summer, and The Big Chili Cook-Off is just around the corner. As it draws closer, please get the word out to your friends, families and colleagues about why we exist. 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 what we really do.

We have a lot of fun – that’s true, and I suppose we’re pretty good at advertising all the fun things; but 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.

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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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

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.

 

What Matters

Posted in 2012, Around Town, Our Heros, The Big Chili Cook-Off, Who Gets This Whole Thing Going with tags , , , , , , , , on 05-20-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

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Remove Slash

Posted in 2012, Around Town, The Big Chili Cook-Off with tags , , , , on 05-16-2012 by thebigchilicookoffevergreen

One way to protect your home during fire season is by removing slash, that woody debris that frequently gets caught in the undergrowth on your property. Take some time to collect and bundle this material and put it out with your trash. With this fuel removed, your home becomes more defensible in the case of a wildfire.

As of May 10th, Jefferson County has lifted the fire ban,

but temporary fire restrictions still exist. Check the Sheriff’s website herefor an explanation of allowed activity. We want all of you to stay safe!

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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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