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Top Honors at Cypress Festival go to Free Fat Chili and a Model T Fire Truck

Make the Chili and they will come – They came! Hundreds and hundreds of chili tastin’ folks arrived at the 32nd Cypress Community Festival held Saturday, July 28th at Oak Knoll Park.

It was a typical California sunny day and the temps were hot at the chili cookoff event. Starting at 12 noon, Taster’s choice ballots were sold for $4 that included a pencil, ballot, plastic spoon, and a taster’s choice judge ribbon and button.

According to Brian Sunley, chili cookoff Chair, over 1,500 taster’s choice ballots were sold. And there were 30 chili-making cooks registered and 11 salsa makers entered that made up this year’ s cookoff.

Around 4:30 p.m. the chili cookoff awards presentation started with the taster’s choice 1st prize going to Free Fat Chili. The 2nd prize went to C&C Chili. Third prize was given to Uncle Ron’s. The best chili by an attorney went to Ernie Nishii.

The best decorated booth award was presented to Blazin’ Bail Bonds and they also won for the best chili by a rookie. The best chili by a high school booster was given to Cypress High School Football. The best chili made for the fun of it award was given to the Class of ’81. And the best salsa award went to Krazy Kelly.

Many people also enjoyed checking out the numerous classic cars and vehicles that made up the 17th Annual Car Show. Close to 100 vehicles were featured and admired. The Best of Show award was won by Carl Laski, owner of a 1917 Model T Fire Truck. And the Sponsor’s Choice award was given to Pat Sulferino, owner of a 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe. Complete Festival information is available at:

Photo Caption (Top) #1: Free Fat Chili was awarded the “Tasters Choice” at the 2012 Cypress Community Festival







Photo Caption #2: Best of Show award in the 2012 Cypress Car Show was won by Carl Laski’s 1917 Model T Fire Truck.







Photo Caption #3: A 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe owned by Pat Sulferino received the Sponsor’s Choice award at the Cypress Festival Car Show on Saturday July 28.

Gimme Some of that Hot Stuff

Calling all chili and salsa aficionados! Next month the Cypress Community Festival — the biggest one-day festival in Orange County! — will be holding its 32nd Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest. Hundreds of people come to taste the best homemade chili and salsa in town.

Got a winning chili or salsa recipe — or both? An application packet with all the necessary information may be downloaded from the Cypress Community Festival website at Be sure to mail your entry by Wednesday, July 11. Make your check payable to the “Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks, Inc.”

All proceeds from entry fees for the Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest benefit the many projects the Friends group supports. In the past, projects have included building baseball score booths, dugouts, and redesign of City parks to meet the needs of diverse users.

Do you represent a business or “for-profit entity?”

If so, the Orange County Health Department requires that you fill out and turn in a Craven Exemption along with your entry form. This written declaration stipulates that you will receive no monetary benefit other than that resulting from recognition of your participation in this event.

Everyone is invited to join the fun and vote for their favorite “hot stuff.”

Taster’s Choice Ballots go on sale at 12 noon on Festival day. For $4 you get a brown bag holding a plastic spoon, a ballot, and a pin-on judge’s ribbon.

Ballot packages sell out fast! Don’t wait to buy your ballot package or you could lose out on voting!

Once you’ve made your decision on the tastiest chili and snappiest salsa, turn your ballot in to be counted. Ballots will be tallied beginning about 3 p.m. Winners of the Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest are scheduled to be announced from a nearby stage by 4 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call Chili Chair Brian Sunley at (714) 828-9551. A copy of the application, along with more information and details are found on the Festival website at When you visit the Festival website, click on the “Primary Participants” tab in the left sidebar.

The Cypress Community Festival will be held on Saturday, July 28, at Oak Knoll Park, 5700 Orange Ave. in Cypress.

Photo Caption: Got a winning chili or salsa recipe — or both? Join in the fun at the annual Chili Cook-off and Salsa Contest on July 28th at Oak Knoll Park in Cypress.

Chili and Salsa Contest Appplication Link: