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Cookoff, Sidestreet Café Near Break-Even Point

Cookoff, Sidestreet Café Near Break-Even Point

The Oct. 4 Chili Cookoff lost about $500, and the Sidestreet Café was close to breaking even, Nanette Buehrer, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said last week.

"We will not have accurate figures on profit and loss until all the bills are in," she said.

"We do estimate the Chili Cookoff portion of the festival had a loss of approximately $500, which is much better than two years ago.

"The Sidestreet Café will be close to breaking even. We had to purchase the fencing this year, which we can use again. We also anticipate the corn hole tournament to grow, which will bring in more revenue from en- try fees and refreshments," she said.

Marcia Dowdy, assistant administrator of the chamber, said, "We were very pleased with the whole event. We felt it went well.

"The only negative comments we’ve heard is we could have used more portable toilets," Dowdy said.

There were a lot of comments about the Chili Cookoff becoming an annual event.

Dowdy said Chamber officials will evaluate all of the organization’s events, with an eye towards whether it was better to alter summer events in favor of fall programs.

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