Hunkpati Investments hosted a Chili Cook-off and Fall Festival on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 11am-2pm at the Boys and Girls Club in Fort Thompson, SD. The event was the last Crow Creek Farmer’s Market of the season. Whitney Jandreau, Youth Program and Community Garden Coordinator, oversaw the Chili Cook-Off and food vendors while Elaine Kennedy, Business Coach, made arrangements for local entrepreneurs to participate in the event.
The Fall Festival featured Hunkpati Investment’s Indianpreneurship alumni, such as Clark Zephier with Pop’s Coffee and Lisa Lengkeek-Rockwood with The Lunchbox. Other participating vendors sold many different items such as: beadwork, baked items, and canned goods. The chili cook-off had three different categories: best over-all, hottest, and most creative. Gene Koster won the prize of hottest chili, Farley Hawk won most creative, while Lisa Lengkeek-Rockwood and Jennifer Fogg split best overall. Each prize winner took home $50 and a certificate of award.
Pictured: Farley Hawk, winner of Most Creative Chili award.
“This was a really great opportunity for our community to get together and socialize in a good way. I’m looking forward to the next one!” says entrepreneur, Lisa Lengkeek.
The Fall Festival was a collaboration of the Hunkpati Investment’s Crow Creek Fresh Food Initiative & the Crossroads Business Exchange programs. These programs are funded by the First Nations Development Institute and the Administration for Native Americans.
“We are very thankful for the support of First Nations Development Institute and the Administration for Native Americans so that we can continue to create opportunities like this for local entrepreneurs,” says Executive Director, Krystal Langholz.
Hunkpati Investments is also holding the 2nd Annual Hunkpati Holiday Showcase on Thursday, November 29th, 2012. Interested vendors may contact Elaine Kennedy at Hunkpati Investments at 605-245-2148 to reserve booth space. The public is welcome to attend!
About Hunkpati Investments
Hunkpati Investments is a Native community development financial institution (CDFI) providing basic financial services and helping individuals overcome the barriers currently preventing access to capital. Formed in 2009, Hunkpati Investments provides financial opportunities to stimulate economic development on the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation, promoting self-sufficiency, self-determination, and an enhanced quality of life for the reservation community. Hunkpati Investments provides entrepreneurship support and financing, as well as various asset building services and products.