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Lake Effect Furies to hold annual Chili Cook-Off

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

The Lake Effect Furies are more than just a travel team comprising the most effective jammers, blockers and pivots of the quartet of Queen City Roller Girls house teams.

They’re a collection of roller-derby athletes with various upbringings—Shank Ya Very Much hails from Torrance, Calif.; Librawlian reigns from Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Alley Oops represents League City, Texas.

Sure—Depew, Cheektowaga, Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Williamsville are also represented on the roster, but there’s a respectable amount of trans-America flair here.

This wide range of origins means yes, the roller girls have sampled wildly different varieties of chili from across the United States, but no, that doesn’t imply that they’re content with their findings.

From 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Furies will hold their annual Chili Cook-Off at Appliance Associates of Buffalo, 200 Amherst St., Buffalo.

Tickets are $10 and include tastings of all the chili—up to 20 samples altogether. Flying Bison will be on-hand pouring craft beer, too.

In short, you’re encouraged to bring a pot of your fantastic chili creation—both meat and vegetarian are cheerfully accepted—and the Furies and guests will use their scrupulous taste buds to determine a winner from three different categorizes (prizes follow the category).

**Best Overall Chili: Trophy, Furies t-shirt, two tickets to the next Furies home bout (Feb. 22 vs. Suburbia Roller Derby)

**Meat Lovers: Trophy and two tickets to the next Furies home bout

**Veggie Delight: Trophy and two tickets to the next Furies home bout

Also, Flying Bison will also choose a favorite chili, and that chili creator will receive a six-pack of Flying Bison beer and two tickets to the next Furies home bout.

A basket raffle and a 50/50 will also be part of the evening’s entertainment, and plus, you’ll get a chance to meet the Furies, who went 10-5 in bouts last year and were invited to the WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs, hosted by Kalamazoo in August 2013, for the first time.

The Furies placed ninth out of 10 teams, but qualification was a notable success.

Here are details for the next two home bouts, which happen to be doubleheaders spotlighting the travel-team first against an out-of-town foe before a home team bout:

Feb. 22:
—Suburbia Roller Derby vs. Lake Effect Furies (tickets)
—Devil Dollies vs. Alley Kats (tickets)

March 15:
—Killamazoo Derby Darlins vs. Lake Effect Furies (tickets)
—Suicidal Saucies vs. Nickel City Knockouts (tickets)

Check out Don Nieman’s photo gallery from the championship rematch between the Devil Dollies and the Nickel City Knockouts.

(Header photo is courtesy of Jim Bush, while interior chili photo is from Flickr / uits).

TAGGED: black rock, chili, flying bison, lake effect furies, qcrg, queen city roller girls

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