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Annual chili cook off a hot ticket

Staff writer

A “hot” annual competition will come to life at Marion County Park and Lake at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

A fundraiser for lake projects, the contest draws many cooks to compete for the title of best chili. Some have shown their mastery of stirring up chili every year in the event’s 18-year history.

Cooks pay a $15 entry fee and can win $100 for best chili, $50 for second place, and $35 for third place.

A large crowd shows up to sample chili for $5 and cast their votes.

A cornhole tournament begins shortly after the chili awards ceremony. Entry fee is $10 a person.

An annual car show held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. has classes for car, air-cooled, truck, and motorcycle. Some years owners bring amphibious cars they drive in the lake.

Other fundraisers usually take place in the Lake Hall along with the chili cook off. Chat ‘N’ Dine Club typically has a bake and snack sale.

Last modified Sept. 19, 2019