Bissell Buzz 2015/16

September 28, 2015

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We do not have enough thank you’s for every one that deserves it.  Our Fundraiser Chili Cookoff on Sunday evening was an astounding success.  We want to thank the seven teams that competed, without whom there would be nothing to taste.  A big thank you to everyone that came to make the evening such a success – without “tasters” there also would be no event.  And thank you so much to each and every business that kindly donated prizes for the winning teams.  It warms our hearts every time to see what generosity abounds in our small town Phillipsburg and surrounds.  Without all the hard work of the Phillips County Historical Society and their extra helpers to put the event together, this also could not have been made possible.

View across the lawn at the chili cookoff

View across the lawn at the chili cookoff

It was a warm evening and fortunately the sun started going down behind the Depot and storage sheds, making enough shade for all.  Van Bradley sang and in between there was other background music too.  The photo booth was a super success, especially for the children who loved the dressing up.  It wasn’t all chili, as there were also delicious cinnamon rolls, sweet cold watermelon and some non-chili potato soup too.  Amongst those that attended, we noticed two of our “Wall of Famers”, i.e. Tad Felts and John Mason.

The Tamko team won the prize for the best overall chili

The Tamko team won the prize for the best overall chili

The people voted and the A-team had a runaway vote for the spiciest chili.  The Tamko team also stood out as the best overall winner with their special Italian inspired chili.  The runners-up were the American Family team, who got into that position with a mere one vote over

two other teams.  We wish however we could give every team a prize for their team spirit!

The A-team cooked up the spiciest chili and was a virtually unanimous choice!

The A-team cooked up the spiciest chili and was a virtually unanimous choice!

This event was a grand finale to a super season.  With the funds raised this year, we will soon be putting up a sturdy carport within the stockade for our wagons that were till now without a shelter for the winter season.  We are

Our runners up by only one vote - the American Family team

Our runners up by only one vote – the American Family team

immensely grateful that we are able to do this and have them all sheltered before the cold and snow drifts in.   Our next project will be to get at least three movable shade ports to protect our wagons against the harsh summer sun.

Our exhibits will be covered within the next week or two and the Fort locked up for the winter season.  We will be reopening for the public on Memorial Day 2016 again, but will be doing pre-arranged school tours during the month of May.  By popular demand we will continue to publish a monthly newsletter during these months that we will be closed.  We have some exciting ideas planned for the next season!

We can be followed on our webpage www.fortbissellmuseum.org, our Facebook page (Fort Bissell Museum) or our blog at https://fortbissell.wordpress.com/ .  Thank you again to all for making this a memorable season!

Ruby Wiehman – Curator