Rocket City Chili Cookoff draws crowd, goes green

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)–A Huntsville event pitted chili creators against one another Saturday, and it was all for a good cause.

The 5th annual Rocket City Chili Cookoff downtown raised money to support the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC.)

More than 30 teams brought their A-game, competing for the best traditional and non-traditional chili recipes.

Catherine Courtney, NCAC Development Director, said, “One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the NCAC. So we help children and families here in Madison County who have been victims of abuse. Primarily, sexual abuse.”

She added that there were around 1300 reports of crimes against children in Madison County last year.

Organizers say this year’s event was bigger than it’s ever been, being sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International to bring it even more recognition.

Events like Saturday’s cookoff help the center care for those victims.

Also present, representatives from the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy and ZeroBase Energy, LLC. These organizations are committed to finding ways to bring solar energy to the community.

ZeroBase provided a trailer that stores solar energy and can output to various venues. At the cookoff event, they powered many crock pots for chili as well as the live band’s equipment.

Josh Crosby, ZeroBase Energy’s Engineering Manager, said, “We opened a building here in October and we plan to do a grand opening in probably March. And we are looking to have a firm partnership and a firm foothold in the Huntsville area by the end of next year.”

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