It's a pretty big deal with 4 catergories, blind judging, prizes, etc. It's always a fun time for the whole family. It's really the quintessential fall activity for us. There's also always a bonfire, smores, etc. We had such a good time this year! There were about 50 guests and 12 chilis were entered into the competition. A majority of the night was spent outside despite very cold temps.
We have a small covered patio at the back of our home. It's gotten a lot of use the past 7 years! It was the site of the chili judging and the food tables for the cookoff. I was SO glad I had our ACDelco AC354 LED Mini Aluminum Camping Lantern that was recently sent to us for review. Although the patio has a light fixture, it got very dark very quickly. When it came time for the judging, it was too dark for them to see their tally sheets! I set the Mini Lantern on the table and it was almost as good as inside light!
Not only does it put out some great light, it's so compact! It didn't take up hardly any room on the table at all! Once the judging was over we moved it across the patio to a table where several families were eating. After that I picked it up and hung it from a tree in the yard so everyone had a well lit path from the patio to the bonfire.
I cannot wait to take this lantern camping next year. Big gas lanterns are a pain and we've had several battery operated lanterns that are just too heavy. This one is so portable and light. It comes with a utility clip handy for hanging it on your belt loop or backpack or tree! It's cool to the touch so you don't need to worry about the kids grabbing it. It is versatile and could be used for many scenarios. We live in a tornado prone area and one of these mini lanterns would be a great addition to our safe place in case the electricity goes out.
It has a bright light function, dim light function, and a blinking signal function. You can purchase one through Amazon for less than $16! Terrific Christmas idea for the camper or outdoorsman on your list!
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