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Ed Podolak Hosts “Mother Podolak’s Chili Contest” at the Iowa State Fair

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DES MOINES, Iowa  --  Hawkeye Football legend Ed Podolak remembers his mother, Dorothy, each year at the Iowa State Fair, hosting the Mother Podolak's Chili Contest.

This year, Podolak was joined by Hawkeye basketball commentator Bobby Hansen, a legend on the hardwood at Iowa and later to the NBA.

Former Des Moines Register columnist Chuck Offenburger hosted the event. Offenburger moderated many stories over the years, covering sports and the state of Iowa.

Approximately 14 competitors entered this year's competition, keeping the stories punctuated with breaks to test the chili.

“Well it was good Iowa chili," said Podolak of his mother's chili. "It wasn’t too hot, not a lot of mystery meat in it, she started with a lot of ground beef, a lot of beans, tomatoes, and onions, cooked it for a long period."