Jim Beaty, the Oregon champion, took home the
$25,000 check and title of World's Champion by defeating 78 other State
and Regional champions from around the world. A tradition was started at
the 20th Annual World's Championship as ICS Governors Tom Deemer and Bill
Ray led the crowd in "God Bless America" to officially start the cookoff.
Sherre Mesker has continued that tradition at all World's Championships as
well as many local cookoffs.