The crowds were thick...

...the chefs were pensive...

... the judges (like my pal Johnny D., not pictured is me dunking my head in an ineffective ice bucket ) were lit freakin' up (that's what 20 consecutive bowls of chili will do to you!)...

...and the smart shoppers were having a ball (as were the even smarter attendees to the chef chili contest, who got to eat their fill of those 20 bowls for only $5!).

See you there next year...I'll be the judge walking in with a hungry look and an oversize bucket.