MANKATO, Minn. –On Saturday, November 20 ChiliFest 2010 took place at Buster’s Bar and Grill in Mankato. Teams whipped up their own special recipe of chili from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and competed against each other. Chili fanatics, also known as Mankato area citizens, paid for an afternoon of delight of walking around and sampling chili. Afterward they voted for the chili that they liked best. There was also a bean bag tournament and a silent auction held during this event. Proceeds from ChiliFest went towards the Mankato Veterans Memorial Place and research for RETT syndrome.
The Veterans Memorial was started back in May. As of then $60,000 dollars of the $150,000 goal had been met. The city of Mankato donated the land used for the memorial and is located near second street and the Veterans Memorial Bridge that runs over Hwy 169 to North Mankato.
RETT syndrome is a neurological disease that occurs mainly in girls. It is characterized by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, slowed brain and head growth, problems with walking, seizures, and intellectual disability. There is currently no cure for RETT syndrome.