Stew, Chili & Brew
is a family affair
for Madisons Schafer clan
plan to compete again
at this years Oct. 15 festival
Helen E. McKinney
(October 2011) Bill Schafer and his siblings
share a common bond they all want to do something in memory
of a sister that passed away. They began a scholarship fund in her name
and contribute to it every year at the Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew
Festival, organized by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce.
courtesy of Jason Schafer
13 Schafer siblings get together
annually to participate in the Soup,
Stew, Chili & Brew event.
Its a fun family gathering for us, said
Schafer. His sister, Margie, was the 13th child in his family. We
wanted to start a scholarship in her name, he said. The family
also contributes to Relay for Life. We take the proceeds from
the Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew event and divide them between the scholarship
and Relay for Life.
Entering this event is a big family affair for the Schafers, who all
chip in on cooking costs. We have a good time doing it,
he said. We see a lot of people, and my dad goes and samples the
The Schafers tend to take up a whole street corner with their booth
and even have grandchildren participating in the event now. This is
the only contest of this kind that they enter and Schafer said they
may have 15 to 20 different kinds of soup available.
There are so many of us that we may have a variety of soups like
chicken noodle, white chili, clam chowder and potato. In the past,
one of his brothers has made turtle noodle soup and rabbit soup, just
to offer something different.
Schafers son, Jason, said the festival has turned into a
big excuse to hold a family get-together. Were all having fun
and the grandkids have started to get involved. I even have an uncle
coming down from Pennsylvania this year.
The Schafer Family won third place for stew in 2010. They do not use
any special recipes because they cook a variety of soups and stews.
Stew, Chili & Brew
Saturday, Oct. 15
from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Madisons Main Street
Big Brass Band
Noon.: Dave Dwyer
1 p.m.: Rusty Bladen
2 p.m.: New Psalm
3 p.m.: Slick River Rockets
Information: (812) 265-3135
The ninth annual Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew Festival
will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in downtown Madison,
Ind., between Jefferson and West streets. The festival will feature
celebrity judge Wayne Johnson, a Lifestyle Contributor at NBCUniversal.
Proceeds from the entrants can be donated to the charity of their
choice, said Margo Watkins, Member Services Support Staff for
the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber event is open to churches,
nonprofits, civic organizations, local restaurants, firehouses and individuals.
There are four categories in the competition (soup, stew, chili, brew)
with trophies going to first-, second- and third-place winners. Winners
get bragging rights for their concoctions.
The public buys tickets to purchase a bowl of soup (three tickets) or
sample a soup (one ticket). There is no admission charge just
a charge for tickets.
The Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew Festival was the brainchild of
Jeff Garrett who was the chambers executive director nine years
ago, said Watkins. At the time, the chamber was looking for an
event that would get people back on Main Street and support the
merchants. The idea became very popular.
Music will play all day and WORX radio station is sponsoring a cornhole
competition. In the past, 3,500 to 3,700 have attended the festival,
officials said. We expect more this year because of the Steamboat
Bicentennial Celebration, said Watkins.
The Rivers Institute at Hanover College is planning the Steamboat Celebration
and asked the chamber to move the festival up one week because of the
increased number of people that will be in town.
Sponsors include Cinergy Metronet, IKEC, River Valley Financial Bank,
The Waters of Clifty Falls, Chandler Chevrolet, KDH, Frontier Communications,
Madison Winnelson, VISCO, and Jeff Frazier and family.
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