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JANUARY 16, 2008 12:31 AM

Bragging rights. Fabulous prizes. Okay, bragging rights, mostly.
Some chili cook-offs are really high-strung, forcing participants to pay pricey entrance fees, fill out complicated forms, and submit rigorous ingredient lists. Not ours. It's not that we're averse to a little healthy competition, mind you; it's just that we want to make it easy and fun to participate. Think of our little event as a potluck with a competitive edge, a group dinner where everyone just so happens to bring--surprise, surprise--a crockpot full o' chili that will be judged mercilessly by some of the most discerning palates in the nation. Is that too much to ask?

Need some inspiration? Take a few pages from the playbook of last year's champion. You know you want to school us with your vegan chili chops! So bring 'em on. Just show up at 106 S. Division at 5:45 pm (15 minutes early) on Saturday to register your chili, gladhand the celebrity judges, and let the games begin. Will you be among the three revered 2008 Wake Up Weekend Vegan Chili Champs or just another chili-breath chump in the stands? Only time will tell. Start planning now, though, since you won't want to miss a single minute of Wake Up Weekend 2008.