Photos by Nancy Levine. See more after the jump.
I am a creature of habit, and there are a few events I look forward to every fall. I’ve attended Oktoberfest since I was old enough to drive, although I’m still confused as to why it’s in September. And no sooner is Oktoberfest over than I start stringing together my pretzel necklace for the Great American Beer Festival (October 9-11 this year).
Now I have another must-attend fall event: the Denver Fire Department Chili Cook Off. I went to my first one last Friday, and Larimer Square was full of smokin’ hot men. They were all firefighters competing in four categories -- Chili Con Carne, Green Chili, Hottest Chili and Best Booth – and like their chili, each cook was hotter than the next. Although the event is ostensibly for charity, a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, it’s also an opportunity for the boys to let off a little steam.
Just thinking about next year (and looking at the pictures I snapped when I suggested these firefighters were worthy of inclusion in the annual calendar), I can already feel my temperature rising. –- Nancy Levine
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