Ben Richey Boys Ranch holds 36th Annual Chili Super Bowl


BUFFALO GAP, Texas - The annual Chili Super Bowl and cook-off is celebrating its 36th year in Buffalo Gap.

They have the world's largest pot of chili, which holds up to 3,480 lbs. and serves 5,568 people. The event started on Friday and ends on Sunday. It benefits the Ben Richey Boys Ranch, which is a private non-profit child care facility. All proceeds go to the Ranch.

Local resident, Steve Wade, said it's the "best chili in West Texas." The president of the ranch, Kerry Fortune, said this is their largest fundraiser. Over the course of the years they have raised a total of $1.7 million. "This goes straight to those kids and to really helping the kids and the parents that live at the ranch," Fortune said. "So it's important that this fundraiser is successful because it does go right to the kids." The Dyess We Care Team was also there to help. They helped cook the chili, serve the community, and have a good time. 7th Bomb Wing Commander, Col. Brandon Parker, said Texas is facing a difficulty at this time so an event like this is great for the community.

"We can all come here for a good cause." Parker said. "Enjoy the event, eat some great BBQ, have great fellowship with each other and have a good time." The event doesn't just serve chili. Cooking teams from all over the state compete for prize money donated by local merchants. They cook chicken, ribs, brisket, beans, and dessert. Some people go to the event to have a good time and meet people, while others go to show their support and help out the Ben Richey Boys Ranch.

Fortune said that any chili that's left over will be sold at HEB starting on Monday and the proceeds will all go to the ranch.