Posted: December 12, 2017


At the final meeting for 2017 of Petrolia Town Council last night, the winners of this year’s Chili Cook-Off and Parade Floats were presented with certificates and trophies to commemorate the occasion.  

The annual Chili Cook-Off has become a heated battle with community groups all vying for the famous chili pot trophy.  This year’s participants at the December 1 event, included The Rotary Club of Petrolia, The Petrolia Lions, The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club, the Community Services Advisory Committee, and the Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee.

A team of six anonymous residents were the judges for this year’s Cook-Off.   It was unanimously decided that the coveted Chili Pot for first place be awarded to The Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club’s chili.  As it was “…not too spicy, but had all of the flavours of a great chili!”  The second-place award, known as The Silver Fork went to The Petrolia Heritage Advisory Committee.   “I’m already looking forward to next year!” said Dave Menzies, Director of Community Services. 

2017 marks the second year of music and dancing lights in Victoria Park, that are on display nightly from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Petrolia’s annual Santa Claus parade took place on December 2, and a pair of secret judges decided the top three floats in the following categories: Community, Commercial, and Youth.  They then went on to choose the Best Overall Float.  Representatives from many of the groups were in Council Chambers to accept their ribbons and certificates. 

The winners were as follows:

1st Place Community – Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club

2nd Place Community – Petrolia Lion’s Club

3rd Place Community – The Oil Heritage District Community Centre

1st Place Commercial – Concrete Systems

2nd Place Commercial – U.A.W. Waterville TG

3rd Place Commercial – Petrolia Optometry

1st Place Youth – Petrolia and District Figure Skating Club

2nd Place Youth – First Petrolia Scouting

3rd Place Youth – First Petrolia Girl Guides

Best Overall Float was awarded to Concrete Systems for their spirit, and for their attention to the “Canadian Christmas” theme.

The Community Services Department would like to thank the more than 35 parade float entries, and The Colts Drumline, The Port Huron Northern Band, and all the volunteers that made the weekend of Christmas celebrations a huge success.