Parishes invite community to chili cook-off and pie auction

by Melissa Woinarowicz

Emily Kaspari, with the help of her grandfather Chris Kaspari, took home a blueberry pie baked by Father Chris Markman at a pie auction at the Enderlin VFW on March 30. (submitted photo)

Sometimes it’s important to sit back and have a good time with the community. That is exactly what parishioners of St. Patrick’s Church in Enderlin decided to do with their chili cook-off and pie auction. We invited the whole community to join us for some chili, dancing, and a little competition.

The Enderlin VFW hosted the event on March 30. Proceeds from the evening were donated to the youth groups at St. Patrick’s in Enderlin and Our Lady of the Scapular in Sheldon.

Jonathon and Jessica Utke, Kaden Campbell, Cora and Ella Wagner, members of the youth group led by Ben and Cassie Kaspari, helped throughout the night. Joe and Josh Utke provided music and many people, young and old, made use of the dance floor.

Pies donated brought in over $600 through a live pie auction. The first pie of the evening, baked by St. Patrick’s own Alice Dalos, sold for $50. The top pie of the night was a blueberry pie made by Father Chris Markman which sold for $350! The intense bidding war came down to Emily Kaspari (assisted by her grandpa, Chris Kaspari) and Sandi Bartholomay. In the end Emily took home the pie.

The winner of the chili cook-off was Misty Lulay. There were nine entries for the cook-off, and very little leftover when everyone finished sampling. The event was a great success, and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Melissa Woinarowicz is a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Enderlin.