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Fearon, Tuttle, Lubben claim ‘best chili’ awards

Pictured, from left, are Tammy Lubben, Tracey Fearon and Rodney Tuttle. They tied for the best chili in Hastings at a recent fundraiser event. (Submitted photo)

Who has the best chili in Hastings? That’s what a group from Hope Lutheran Church and Preschool tried to find out at Alyssa’s Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Feb. 27. 

The group put on a community-wide event to raise funds for Alyssa Wenskaug, a student in the preschool who had surgery earlier this winter. The event included a chili competition, silent auction items, a photo booth and games, all held at the Hastings Arts Center. With more than 30 silent auction items and 23 different varieties of chili, the event raised more than $3,000 for the family.

And, coming down to a three-way tie, the winners of the title “Best Chili in Hastings” were Tracey Fearon, Rodney Tuttle and Tammy Lubben. They each received an award ribbon, a chili pot trophy and wooden spoons as prizes.

For more information on Alyssa’s surgery or to support her family, visit her GoFundMe account at