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Homemade chili, bookmobile and fun on hand at Clearview Library Bookmobile Pop-Up and Cook-Off

Clearview Library District

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Ashton Holmbo said Foundation Francy's Fabulous Fancy Funili was one of his favorite chilies at Saturday's cook-off.

"Because it has spicy stuff in it," he said.

The 11-year-old was carefully sampling the chili at the Clearview Library Bookmobile Pop-Up and Cook-Off at Boardwalk Park. Ashton's neighbor, 11-year-old Gavin Corio, said he liked the number three chili the best, but both said they wanted to try them all before making their decision.

Foundation Francy, or Francy Henderson, was representing the Clearview Library District Foundation in the cook off with a 50-year-old recipe she said has been proven many times.

“I got it in a cookbook for two when I was married the first time, and it survived four husbands.” Francy Henderson

"I got it in a cookbook for two when I was married the first time," she said, "and it survived four husbands."

Henderson's chili was one of 10 entered in the cook-off. Christy Olson, an outreach assistant with the Clearview Library and an organizer of the chili cook-off, said the library's first year hosting the cook-off event drew a crowd.

"We've had a really good turnout," she said.

Casey Lansinger, the public services manager at the library, said about 290 people attended the event, more than the 90 that attended last year. The larger turnout, she said, may have been due to the location, because the previous year's event was held at the library rather than the park.

"We just really want to make it bigger and better," she said.

The Bookmobile Pop-Up event was initially started to honor the bookmobile, which Lansinger said brings books to communities that cannot always make it to the library.

The event also included activities for the children who attended, like bubbles and paper rocket launching, and the Lions Club provided free hot dogs and burgers.

As area residents tried various chilies from the Library Board, the Clearview Library District Foundation Board, the towns of Severance and Windsor, the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District Foundation, the Windsor Rotary Club and others, many debated which they would vote for.

Sandy Beardsley's Hot and Spicy Cowgirl Chili was declared the winner. Beardsley runs Cowgirl Catering, and was hired by the Windsor Rotary Club to make her chili.

Days before the event, Ann Kling, the president of the Windsor Rotary Club, said in an email that Beardsley was nervous, because the event was her first chili cook-off. "The Rotary members are sure her chili will be prize winning," Kling said in the email.

Beardsley said she was surprised and excited to win the contest, and said her chili did not come from a specific recipe.

"I just kind of do my own thing," she said.