With temperatures in Maine below freezing lately, people in the Rockland area warmed up with a chili and chowder competition.
Carl Anderson from Rockland Fire Department said, “Local restaurants and individuals are coming together to raise money for charity, make great products, and try to prove their worth to the town I guess.”
On Sunday, the Rockland Fire Department and Trackside Station teamed up for a cook off to support muscular dystrophy.
Most of the chili and chowder available to taste was prepared by local businesses.
“The thing about our area is a lot of businesses work together and especially in the off season we all support each other. And it’s a good way to expose each other and drum up business for everybody,” stated Kelly Woods, owner of Trackside Station.
Rockland Fire Department is a part of the International Fire Fighters Union, a long time sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association – the organization where event proceeds will go.
“We as a fire department, we’re always here helping people. That’s our big thing. We really like to do things for the community and we like to help people. If we can help people on a national standpoint, something big with an organization like this, make our difference in that, that’s what we want to do,” Anderson said.
This is the third year the competition has been held, and the response hasn’t been any less enthusiastic.
“So far, so good. I’m hearing great things from people and all the entries sound delicious,” said Woods.
Matthew and Leah Ondra of Rockland said, “It’s awesome! It’s been great, lots of variety. I’m amazed at how different each one is, too.”