The Basket Case Cafe and Gift Shop, located in the Morrisburg Plaza, played host to their first spaghetti contest in the afternoon of September 24th.
The event was created by the owners of the store, Hanne Rycroft and Carl McIntyre, as a fundraiser for Progressive Conservative Jim McDonell’s campaign.
As well as being the beneficiary of the event, McDonell also acted as one of the six taste-testing judges.
Hanne told the Leader that she hoped this would also give people an opportunity to ask the SD&SG MPP candidate some tough questions before the election on October 6th.
She explained that those who wished to enter their spaghetti into the contest were required to pay $10. The top three winners will take turns having their spaghetti recipe showcased at the cafe on Thursdays.
The contest had 11 entries. Ralph Martin took first place with Geraldine Fitzsimmons taking second place. The third place winner was Gary Foss. Each winner took home a prize bag with local products and a Basket Case gift certificate.
In addition to McDonell, spaghetti tasting judges included: Councillor Jim Graham; Joey van Koppen from We Can Contracting; Donnie Bowes from the Upper Canada Playhouse; Chuck Barkley from Thom Realty; and, Joseph Brennan from McInnis, MacEwen, Horner, Pietersma, and Brennan.
In addition to the spaghetti contest, the Basket Case also featured a silent auction and games.