The City of Wichita will partner with Sedgwick County to co-host a booth at the annual Wagonmasters Downtown Chili-Cook-off on Saturday. The “City-County Chili Cooperative” will serve thousands of hungry attendees from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. near the intersection of Douglas and Emporia.
Council Member Bryan Frye will lead the booth’s activities. Frye has been a Wagonmaster for 14 years and has previously served as the organization’s captain and planning coordinator for the Downtown Chili Cook-off. County Commissioner Tim Norton is also a Wagonmaster.
“The Wagonmasters Chili Cook-off has helped to spread good will for many years,” Frye said, “and we’re extremely enthusiastic that the
Sedgwick County Commission is joining our team in the spirit of community and great chili.”
Vice Mayor James Clendenin and Council Members Jeff Blubaugh, Janet Miller, Pete Meitzner, and Lavonta Williams are also expected to attend, along with Sedgwick County Commissioners David Unruh, Jim Howell, Karl Peterjohn, and Norton. Mayor Jeff Longwell will serve as the event’s potentate, or “Ambassador of Good Times.” He will greet guests, visit booths, and assist in presenting the awards for best spirit, chili, and salsa.