By: Kris Weiss
What better way to start the year off than to have a huge chili cook-off? Saturday, January 14th was filled with activity from the very start. People began to ride in early that morning for the Annual Polar Bear Ride-In that always coincides with the cook-off. Although it was a balmy 45 degrees, it still took a little gumption to don the winter riding gear and straddle the bike. Everyone who rode in got to spin the Nitro Prize Wheel to win great prizes including a free 5K service, $50 gift card and lots of other awesome coupons.
The Ray Price Service Department put on the High-Performance Seminar at 10:30 AM helping those who wanted more horse power to learn the tricks of the trade. About dozen power hungry riders gathered around two of Ray’s talented techs who answered questions to help them know how to get the most bang for their buck.
Following the seminar, everyone celebrated Jean Price’s birthday with cake, with just a few candles on it, and a round of Happy Birthday sung by adoring customers and thankful staff. She was a bit surprised as the employees kept her from knowing any details of the celebration. There was plenty of chocolate cake for everyone.
It was finally time for the chili tasting to begin. But first, we heard from Shelby Dunn, a tenth grader from Raleigh, who was nominated to participate in the Student of the Year program with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to compete with other students in the area to see who could raise the most money for this worthy cause. She spoke of the personal reasons why she is working to raise money for a cure of blood cancer, stating that both her parents had family members who were touched by this disease.
There were fifteen tasty entries with names ranging from Dad’s Stupid Chili to Good Chili. When it was all finished and the chili ladles dropped to the bottom of the crock pots, there was a tie for First place. First Place was shared by Steve Blackwood with his Good Chili and Pam Fuerst with her Boiler Maker Chili. Our Runner Up was Richard Barfield with his Sgt. B’s Chili.
The event was a huge success raising just over $1000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Check out all of Ray Price Harley-Davidson’s upcoming events at https://rayprice.com/news/events