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Chili cook-off spices up Fort Dalles Days

Fort Dalles Days will enjoy a spicy kick-off this year with the launch of the first annual Chili Cook-off and Benefit on Friday, July 11, the Fort Dalles Days Steering Committee has announced.

The historic Mint Building is hosting and sponsoring the event, which will be from 6 to 10 p.m. and benefit Providence Hospice of the Gorge children’s grief groups.

The event will be open to up to 40 entrants in three categories: corporate, nonprofit and individual. Entrant applications and rules can be obtained on online at www.fortdalles or call 541-296-2100.

The public will be welcome at the event. An entrance fee applies. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase. A dessert bar will also be available.

Prizes will be given for Judge’s Choice, People’s Choice, and best booth decoration. Live entertainment is also planned.

Providence Hospice of the Gorge — Children’s Grief Groups’ mission is to provide a safe place for grieving families in the Columbia Gorge to mourn the death of a family member. The groups meet every other Thursday, September through April, and have three peer support groups occurring simultaneously, one for children, one for teens, and one for caregivers (dinner is provided, gas cards are available).

There is no charge for Hospice services and its groups are open and ongoing. Referrals are invited throughout the year.

Hospice also offers additional information and resources including pamphlets on grieving children and teens and understanding their needs in funeral planning and services.

For more information about the chili cook-off, email maggie@columbia or


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