2010 marks the 3rd Annual Mankato’s ChiliFest for Vets and Rett. The idea for ChiliFest was conceived by Mankato Police Commanders Amy Vokal and Matt DuRose, along with KTOE 1420 AM radio personality Trish. During their weekly radio show, “Talkin’ the Beat”, they came up with the idea of having a grudge-match chili cook-off between police officers and firefighters. In the Fall of 2008, the idea gained inspiration, when Ashlyn Bennett, the daughter of Mankato Police Officer Jason
I am so thankful to have been included in this event! It was amazing to see the tremendous community support for this cause. Buster's Bar & Grill was packed! I hope this event continues to be succesful in the future until a cure for Rett Syndrome is found!