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Buffalo’s Queen City Roller Girls’ Annual Chili Cookoff

Throughout the country, roller derby is all the rage, and we here in Buffalo are lucky to have a supercharged women’s flat track league that is as exciting to watch as it is to skate (well, almost). Each year the Roller Girls’ travel team, the Lake Effect Furies, hosts a chili cookoff to bring all of the skaters, and their fans, together to enjoy the spicier side of a range of yummy chili dishes. This year, contestants are battling it out away from the track by hosting the chili bout at Appliance Associates of Buffalo – an incredible venue for any and all cooking related activities. The categories for the taste-off are:

Best Overall Chili – Trophy, Furies T-Shirt and 2 tickets to next Furies Home Bout
Meat Lovers – Trophy and 2 tickets to next Furies Home Bout
Veggie Delight – Trophy and 2 tickets to next Furies Home Bout
Flying Bison’s Favorite – Six Pack of Flying Bison Beer and 2 tickets to next Furies Home Bout

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The Queen City Roller Girls’ league consists of four home teams and one travel team. Since its formations in 206, the skater owned and operated league has steadily grown to over 150 members. See Facebook

Annual Chili Cook Off | Lake Effect Furies Saturday, February 8, 2014 for their  at Appliance Associates of Buffalo (200 Amherst Street, Buffalo) from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include tastings of all of the chili. Basket and 50/50 raffles.

Upcoming home bouts:

February 22, 2014 – DOUBLE HEADER Suburbia Roller Derby (Yonkers, NY) vs. Lake Effect Furies and the Devil Dollies vs. the Alley Kats

March 15, 2014 – DOUBLE HEADER Killamazoo Derby Darlins (Kalamazoo, MI) vs. Lake Effect Furies and the Suicidal Saucies vs. the Nickel City Knockouts


Suicidal Saucies @ Midnight Matinee 2013 – photo by Joe Mac

Lead photo of the Fluries, and QCRG’s 2014 League Photo (Season 8) team photo by Jim Bush


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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