Fort Wood Hotels by Ehrhardt Properties won the Best of Show Award for the fourth consecutive year of the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off held Saturday, January 19th.

The 2013 Polar Meltdown Chili Cook-Off judges were Mike Niess from Culver's, Savie Makrdis from Ryan's Family Steakhouse, and Deanna House from Waynesville R-VI School District.

Awards were given for the following categories:

Participation Ribbons:

Mid Missouri Credit Union – Fire in the Hole

Columbia College Fort Leonard Wood

Free Women's Center of Pulaski County – Purple People Feeders

Vance Ewing – Bow and Barrel Sportsman Center

Showmanship Award:

1st Place: City of St. Robert – Outlaws

2nd Place: Fort Wood Hotels – Pirates of the Chili Bean

3rd Place: City of Waynesville – Croaker's Cookers

People's Choice Award:

1st Place: Fort Wood Hotels – Pirates of the Chili Bean

2nd Place: True Light Temple – Chili Masters

3rd Place: Hopper Pub – The Mean Green Chili Machine

Grand Champion Chili:

First State Bank – The Habanero Hotties

Best of Show Award:

Fort Wood Hotels – Pirates of the Chili Bean

The People's Choice Award is awarded to the team that raises the most donations during the event. Event attendees voted for their favorite chili by making cash donations at the team booths. These funds are specifically designated for the Chamber's Right Choice Scholarship. With the money donated this year the Chamber will be able to award four $250 scholarships! The Showmanship and Grand Champion Chili is decided by the judges and the Best of Show is a combination from all three categories. By winning the Best of Show Award, Fort Wood Hotels earned a free entry into next year's event.

The Chamber would like to thank the community for their support as well as all of the event sponsors, teams, and volunteers for making this event a success. For more information on upcoming Chamber of Commerce events visit