Sheriff Wins Chili Cook Off Against Flagler County Fire Rescue at Creekside Musical Festival

Flagler County Fire Chief and Flagler County Sheriff at the awards for chili cook off

Today, October 7th, 2023, The Flagler County Fire Rescue Department and the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office held their annual chili cook off competition. Creekside attendees were invited to taste the chili’s and cast their votes by dropping a token into the boot of their choice. The voting period lasted from 12pm to 2:30pm.

Flagler county fire chief and flagler county sheriff during official award ceremony over chili cook off
Flagler County Fire Chief Mike Tucker – Left and Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly – Right.

Shortly after 2:30 pm, it was announced that the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) won with 237 votes while the Flagler County Fire Rescue got 163 votes.

Flagler County Fire Chief and Flagler County Sheriff holding their
Left – Flagler County Fire Chief Mike Tucker Right – Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly

During the voting process firefighters and deputies could be seen and heard taunting each other in a good natured and friendly battle of the chili’s. Fire Chief Mike Tucker and Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly both took part in the fun of the competition.

Flagler County Fire Chief tasting the competition's chili
Flagler County Fire Chief tasting the competition’s chili

While the chili cook-off has officially ended, the festivities have not. The event opened at 10am today and will continue until 4pm tomorrow, October 8th.

crowd listening to the band play at Creekside
Crowds of people enjoying the music

Over 30 food vendors, and over 80 business and craft vendors have set up their booths for attendees to browse through. Other features like a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, and even a magic show were among the festivities available to guests.

guests walking the paths through the vendor booths

Portions of the proceeds of this event will be benefiting Flagler Humane Society and the Family Life Center.

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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