The Volunteer Transportation Center, Inc. (VTC) is making preparations for its inaugural North Country Mac & Cheese Cook-Off, scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Clarkson University’s Cheel Arena, 8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam. The event will be held as a fundraiser for the services provided by the Volunteer Transportation Center for the people of St. Lawrence County. This event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and feature judging of entries, which will conclude at 2 p.m. Awards are presented at 2:30 p.m. prior to the start of the women’s hockey team home game at 3 p.m.

The VTC is seeking (15) teams to enter what will be an annual fun and family-friendly activity that will encourage professional and amateur chefs alike to show off their culinary skills with their best recipes for macaroni and cheese. Each entry is judged by a panel of local judges and the winner takes home top bragging rights along with cash prizes. There will also be a People’s Choice prize.

“This event is being modeled after our annual North Country Chili Cook-Off that we’ve held in Watertown for the past 20 years,” said VTC Executive Director Sam Purington. “We’ve wanted to hold a similar event to raise money for the charitable trips we provide for people here in St. Lawrence County and this seemed like a great fit. After all, who doesn’t like mac and cheese?”

Anyone wishing to enter must complete an entry packet and pay a $50 registration fee. This can be done online at or by contacting:

  • St. Lawrence County Program Director Christine Richardson at (315) 714-2034 (
  • Foundation Director Jeremiah S. Papineau at (315) 755-2918 (

Additional paperwork will be provided once the
initial interest form is received.

“Whether you want to share your culinary creations as a chef or simply want to attend this event to see what it will have to offer, we highly encourage you to be a part of the cook-off,” said Mr. Papineau. “It’s sure to be a good time for a good cause.”

Sponsors are also being sought for this inaugural event. Those interested in underwriting this event may contact Mr. Papineau or Ms. Richardson.