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Poultney Rotary Club pleased to bring 32nd annual chili cook Off to downtown Poultney

Saturday, Sept. 24 — POULTNEY — Every fall for over 30 years, downtown Poultney has hosted the annual chili cook off. This year, Poultney Rotary Club is pleased to announce that the event will be filling the streets once again on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to this year’s popular, local favorite Poultney tradition in September and filling Main Street full of exciting festivities,” said Ellen Sisco, the Poultney Rotary Club president.

In addition to the chili cook off competition and tasting, EnerJazz Big Band will play, a silent auction/basket raffle will line the center of Main Street, and the famous Chili Tee shirts are back. Taps will be offering beer in your own “Chili Cook Off” glass for a nominal fee and this year we have added the Rollin’ Rooster food truck.

Anyone interested in entering as a chili cooker should reach out to Rotarian Carol Stierle at or 203-727-3951.

Individuals and businesses interested in a monetary or silent auction or a raffle basket donation can reach out to Rotarian Val Broughton at 802-236-2790.
Poultney Rotary Club are very thankful for the long list of wonderful sponsors and friends that have already donated money and raffle items.

The list of these sponsors starts with strong support from Bhakta Spirits sponsoring the band and Casella Realty, Casella Waste Management, and Casella Construction as the major event sponsor.

Poultney Rotary Club has been instrumental in providing scholarships to five worthy Poultney graduates this past spring, contributions to various summer recreation programs, an annual back to school drives. Some other highlights of the club’s activities include Green Up Day, downtown Poultney holiday decorations and activities, Josh the Otter (kindergarten water safety program), food shelf support, and various other community service activities.

The 32nd annual chili cook off serves as the club’s largest fundraiser and it is local businesses that make Poultney Rotary Club’s ongoing work possible.

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