Contest judge Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton loves a good 'five-alarm chili'

Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton and Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts are among the celebrity judges for a chili-cook-off fundraiser for a full-contact women's football team that competes in the Pacific Northwest division of the national, 21-team Women's Football Alliance.

Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton The Portland Fighting Shockwave women's full-contact football team and Whoz Your Daddy 50 Shade of Grey softball team are co-hosting the chili cook-off to support women in sports from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Oregon City Elks Lodge. Fighting Shockwave's roster includes more than 30 of the region's best female athletes — whose day jobs range from stay-at-home moms to truck drivers to nurses — from all over the Portland metro area.

Charlton said he is looking forward to being a judge for the March 11 chili cook-off to help support women's athletics and inspire others to follow their passion.

"Chili cook-offs are always great community events and as a judge, I appreciate the traditional five-alarm chili, but great flavor and the competitors love of cooking is just as important," the fire chief said.

Local police departments, fire departments and members of the public will compete in the chili cookoff. There are two brackets in the contest open to all comers:

• Teams of up to six people can compete in the Master Bracket, which has a $300 entry fee with winnings up to $500.

• The Amateur Bracket has a $50 entry fee and is for single contestants only; its winner receives Portland Fighting Shockwave season tickets and a prize pack.

In addition to the local fire chief and sheriff, celebrity judges for the event will consist of:

• Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw

• BJ Smith from the TV show "Top Chef"

• KOIN 6 News Chief Meteorologist Natasha Stenbock

For those just wanting to taste some of the best chilies in the area, $10 tickets include three Master Bracket tastings, three Amateur Bracket tastes and one raffle ticket. Kids tickets are $5 and include two master bracket tastings and two amateur bracket tastes.

Doors open for the March 11 event at 10 a.m. Chili served noon to 3 p.m. Winners announced at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit


Raymond Rendleman
News editor, Clackamas Review/Oregon City News
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