Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 30, 2018
Western Music & Songwriters Series

A good crowd attended the fifth annual Western Music & Songwriters Series and Best of the West Chili Cook-off at Deseret Peak Complex on Saturday.

For this year, the event was moved to Deseret Peak’s indoor arena to handle an anticipated larger crowd, which enjoyed the chili competition between nearly 30 contestants, and hear R.J. Vandygriff, Daron Little and The Saddlestrings.

Organizers said the move to the indoor arena was a big hit because it provided extra space, more tables and general admission seating.

A newcomer to Tooele County, JulieAnn Prescott, won the chili cook-off with her “Wild Taste Buds” recipe. Tom Poyner’s “Tatonka Chili” finished in second place and third place ended in a tie between a mother an her daughter. Bernice Rasmussen and her daughter Jodi Bingham finished tied for third.

All chili cook-off contestants received a “Best of the West Chili” apron.

And in between musical sets, cowboy poet Thatch Elmer, 15, of Heber City, Utah, recited several poems that not only entertained, but gave the audience a glimpse into cowboy life. Elmer has performed at every Western Music & Songwriters Series concert at Deseret Peak.

Francie Aufdemorte

Photo Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.

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