posted October 29th, 2009 by
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There was a big time in Owasso.

It was all about world championship chili, booth decorations and CHILI DOGS at the first Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off and Oklahoma Championship Chili Cook-Off Oct. 24th at Centennial Park in Owasso.  The VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center sponsored the Chili Dog Contest which attracted a bevy of costumed pooches big and small.

When the competition was over “Sulley,” a 1-year-old black Dachshund who owns Mindy and Jason Thixton of Owasso was the Chili Dog champion. Sulley showed up in a veterinarian doctor costume which wowed the judges.  “We had a great time at the cook-off and Sulley had her picture taken all day,” said Mindy.

Second place honors went to “Rocky,” a 1 ½ year old pit bull dressed up as a chili pepper. Jenny and Brian Adamus of Owasso are Rocky’s caretakers.

Taking third place was Daphane, a double-dappled Dachshund, looking like a real hot dog. Her caregiver is Angela Guillory of Owasso.


 Finishing fourth was Barkley, a border collie with a squirrel chili look. Rhonda Lay of Owasso is Barkley’s buddy.

 “We were so pleased at the enthusiasm we had for the first Chili Dog Contest at the chili cook-off,” said Dr. Tembra Gatlin of VCA. “When we were asked to participate in the cook-off it sounded like a perfect way to have fun and get health information on pets out into the community.”

 VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center and TulsaPets Magazine combined to sponsor the Chili Dog Contest.

 “I was thrilled to see so many of our chili lovers at the cook-off with their chili dogs on leashes bringing an extra ‘bark’ to our event,” said cook-off chairman John Fenrich. “Everyone who brought their pooch to the event had fun.”

 VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center people on hand to give out goodies to every pet owner who stopped by the booth were Dr. Tembra Gatlin, Mariann Stanley, Kelli Crawford, Diane Stauffer and Ashley Barker

 Photographs of the Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off and the Chili Dog Contest will be posted on the event website:




  1. ChiliJohn Fenrich says:

    WHAT A GREAT DAY IN OWASSO — We have more than 3,000 people come to Centennial Park for chili, hay rides, slides and bounce houses, free corn-on-the-cob and some very cute and clever Chili Dogs. The VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center was busy all day taking photos of the Chili Dog entrants. We will have more photos of the cute pooches, chili booths, judging, car show, and the rest on our websit: soon. Thanks Tulsa Pets Magazine for all the support…ChiliJohn

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