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Chili Cook-Off in honor of Richard McDowell

The Craddockville United Methodist Church Men’s Club is hosting a Chili-Cook-Off on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m in honor of one of its recently departed members. The cook-off will be held in the fellowship hall of the Craddockville UMC at 33464 Boston Road, Belle Haven.

Richard McDowell, who passed away in August, spent 28 years in the Air Force and retired in 1983 as a Master Sergeant. “Mac,” as he was known to his brothers in arms, was involved in intelligence training and served in South Vietnam during that conflict.

McDowell also loved to cook and often brought his homemade chili to church for social gatherings.

The Men’s Club felt it was fitting to have a Chili Cook-Off on Veterans Day in memory of McDowell, a long-time member of the club.

There is no charge to enter or attend, but donations are welcomed.

Chili will be offered first in tastings and then as an entree. The judging will be done by tasters through their donation to the chili preparers. Salads, condiments and other food items will be provided.

Proceeds from the event will go to fund scholarships for three summer campers for a week at Camp Occohannock on the Bay in 2024. One scholarship each will be awarded to an elementary, middle school and high school student.

The Men’s Club is asking applicants for the elementary scholarship to submit a veteran’s themed photo, and middle school and high school students are asked to submit a veteran’s themed one-page essay. The deadline is Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.

For more information or to enter, email [email protected].


Nov 11 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Craddockville UMC
33464 Boston Road, Belle Haven, VA, 23306
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