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Fall doesn't put the chill on Crosslake Days

Annual event brings a crowd to taste chili samples, view crafts and more

People stopping by JAG Interior Solutions for their Crosslake Days chili Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, were treated to the sounds of the Johnny Holliday band. Linda Scheneman, of Andover; Erin Kunzman, Crosslake; and Ken Scheneman, Andover, enjoyed their chili while listening to the tunes of the brass band.
People stopping by JAG Interior Solutions for their Crosslake Days chili Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, were treated to the sounds of the Johnny Holliday band. Linda Scheneman, of Andover; Erin Kunzman, Crosslake; and Ken Scheneman, Andover, enjoyed their chili while listening to the tunes of the brass band.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent
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Kelsey Soby and her family were at their cabin in Fifty Lakes when they decided to enjoy the Crosslake Days festivities Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. Soby’s loon calls were impressive enough that she almost lured in real loons and took first place in the adult division of the third annual Loon Calling Contest held at Town Square.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent

CROSSLAKE — In spite of brisk air and sporadic rain, Crosslake Days on Saturday, Sept. 24, brought out the big crowd as usual.

Crowds were so large that some competitors in the annual chili cookoff ran out of samples early, proving the zesty chili was a big hit on a chilly day.

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Nancy Vavrina dressed for the occasion as she served chili for guests Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in front of Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living during Crosslake Days. Chef Casey, of Manhattan’s, prepared the Sweet Chili, which was both the judges' and People's Choice winner.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent

The cookoff featured 31 businesses offering chili. Winners were:

  • First place: Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living.
  • Second place: Outlet Recreation.com/Marine.
  • Third place: Crosswoods Development.
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The People's Choice category garnered nearly 500 votes. Winners were:

  • First place: Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living.
  • Second place: Grand Champion Meats.
  • Third place: RiverWood Bank.

The lost chili pepper was found later in the day Saturday, Sept. 24, by Randy Petersen, of White Bear Lake. It was found at the public access on Goodrich Lake.

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The Pet Parade was canceled at the Sept. 24, 2022, Crosslake Days due to rain, but that didn’t stop people from coming out to Crosslake Days festivities that started Friday night, Sept. 23, 2022. Brielle Spencer, 5, of Crosslake, spent some time enjoying one of the puppies that the Babinski Foundation brought in hopes of being adopted.
Donna Evans / Echo Journal Correspondent

Events for the 35th annual event spanned Sept. 22-24, but the big day, Saturday, featured most action with the chili cookoff, crafts, cornhole tournament and more. Find a gallery of photos at https://www.pineandlakes.com/community/klick-photo-gallery-crosslake-days.

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