2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off a Success!

Chili Cook-Off 2015

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP, PA - From the start of his 2011 campaign, Commissioner Michael Pipe has focused on bringing people together to solve the challenges that face Centre County. Yesterday, Commissioner Pipe and about 90 supporters braved the snow and cold to gather at Celebration Hall at Hoag’s to vote for the best chili recipe in Centre County. This year's recipe was created by MJ Hovanec of College Township.


The chili cook-off was the second in what has become an annual fundraiser for Mr. Pipe. With 15 different recipes, the support of over a dozen hosts and many more sponsors, the cook-off marked a delicious and strong start to the Commissioner’s re-election campaign.

In addition to finding the best chili in Centre County, the event provided an opportunity for Centre County residents to gather in a family-friendly atmosphere to discuss the issues that matter to them. Attendees also heard from Mr. Pipe directly. The Commissioner’s remarks highlighted his priorities for Centre County.

“I’m focused on bringing people together to work on the challenges facing Centre County. I am running for re-election to continue improving our 9-1-1 system, supporting economic development, opening up government to the citizens, increasing access to our election system, and reducing the recidivism rate within our county correctional facility," said Mr. Pipe. 

As he continued, Mr. Pipe noted that his first term brought fresh results in addition to the fresh perspective he promised in 2011. “Since my election I have traveled to every corner of the County to hold budget meetings, conduct town halls on election and voter registration issues and public forums regarding Centre Crest.  I've also successfully modernized the County’s website to allow constituents to have better access to government services.”

Commissioner Pipe closed by recognizing the cook-off’s hosts, sponsors, and all fifteen cooks.  He noted the top three recipes as determined by the attendees: first place cook, as previously noted, was MJ Hovanec of College Township; runner-up was Elaine Prestia of State College Borough; and Dagmar & Nigel Wilson of Harris Township took third place.

Lastly, a big thank you to Andrea Harman for snapping a few photos of last night's festivities!