Points West: Durand invites public to judge chili, motorcycles

4th Annual Biker Bash & Chili Shoot Out set for Saturday, Sept. 16

Event benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association

Durand—It’s the public that will choose the winning chili chef and favorite motorcycle during Durand’s free “4th Annual Biker Bash & Chili Shoot Out,” Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 1 p.m.

Twenty-one chili teams are expected, two from as far away as Denver, Colo. Also expected are more than 300 motorcycles with more than 175 on display with judging and prizes in seven categories.

“Each person attending will be given two tickets,” said Carol Myers, one of the event’s organizers. “As they sample the chili, they drop one ticket into the bucket of the team whose fare they like the most. That way, the public decides the winner.”

“It’s the same with the motorcycles,” said Mike Saylor, another event organizer. “Although there are seven categories, it’s the visitors that choose the public’s favorite with a ticket vote.”

To entertain visitors, the Puzzled Monkey band will play from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and the Pistol Pete band from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. All events are at Durand’s town square with chili sampling starting at 1:30 p.m. Other food and drinks, vendors and raffles will be available.

Chili sampling, motorcycle viewing, and entertainment are free. The event is held to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. Durand’s two bars will donate all profits, with additional funds raised through donations and raffle tickets. Last year’s event raised $2,000.

Durand is on Illinois Route 70 near the intersection of Illinois Route 75. Info: Mike Saylor at (815) 262-3137.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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