Fort Bissell Buzz

Bissell Buzz


The last Sunday in September finally came and so did the over 200 people, who came to enjoy our sixth annual Chili Cook-off fundraising event. And what a wonderful evening it was!


This year we planned ahead to have the event at the 4-H building, come rain or shine – and that proved to have been a wise decision.  The weather made it a perfect evening for chili, being cool and a light drizzle every now and then.  We could not have ordered it better!


We had nine teams who each prepared their best Cowboy Style Chili and decorated their tables in various ways.  The playful banter between the Sheriff’s Office team and Coomes Inc. started on Facebook the preceding week already and continued throughout the event.  Better Daze from Holdrege provided the music and was really good!  I saw a couple spontaneously dance away while many others were tapping feet throughout the evening.  I could not help but sing along with many of the songs, as did many others.  Their rendition of “Dueling Banjos” was just superb!


Jacque Bretton once again donated her time and skills and manned the photo booth.  Connie Cox provided the props, which included hats, bonnets, scarves, shawls and various speech bubbles.  The photos speak for themselves and can be viewed and downloaded from the Fort Bissell Facebook page. Thank you, Jacque, for always being there!


The children enjoyed the games setup for them and I think the winner was the stick-horses “barrel racing”.  What fun!


We promise that the Russians had no hand in the election of the winners, but it was close – in one category it was literally ONE vote that made the difference.  The winners of the evening were:

Cowboy Style – J&R HVAC

Fan Favorite – for the third year in a row – Coomes Inc.

Best Table – The two Non-Cooks from H&R Block, who looked very French and professional, despite their name.

Lucky Draw (Door prize) – Bud Keeten who signed in at number 177 was the winner.

If there was a prize for team spirit, it surely would have gone to the Sheriff’s Office team. Their presence and fun brought a wonderful vibe to the evening.  Every team was a winner and received a goodie bag to take home.  Once again, we extend a HUGE thank you to our wonderful business community who always so generously contribute to the prizes.  We will acknowledge the “prized” business donors on our Facebook page.


The Chili Cook-off is ultimately a fundraising event and this year the funds go towards our “Bissell Chapel” project.   We want to thank each and every one for their generous donations that will be going towards this project.  Farmers National Bank have pledged to match the first $1000 of donations and yes, they can write that check – for the third year in a row.  A huge thank you to them too!


It will not be complete without thanking the members of the Phillips County Historical Society – it literally was a case of all hands on deck and that included some of the spouses and even grandchildren!  First all the setting up, that started on Saturday already and then the cleaning up afterwards again.  By 8 p.m. we locked the doors, with the hall all cleared and cleaned up. 


We will be quiet for a few weeks, but during November we will be promoting our Victorian Christmas event.  This event will be spread over two days, November 25 and December 2 and include a house tour.  Remember to save the dates!!


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Curator – Ruby Wiehman