Friday, October 15, 2010

Chili Cook-off and Bags Tournament

Last year, Bright Beginnings Daycare took home first-place at the Dixon Main Street Chili Cook-off. And the People’s Choice went to Alley Loop for the second year in a row. Chili cookers from throughout the Sauk Valley area have a chance to knock these two champions off their pedestal during the 3nd Annual Dixon Main Street Chili Cook-off on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The cook-off will be held in the Beanblossom parking lot from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration ends Oct. 24 and cost to enter is $25. Forms can be found online at or at the Main Street office, 115 S. Hennepin Ave.

“We had a lot of great chili to eat last year,” Josh Albrecht, executive director of Dixon Main Street, said. “With more than 500 people tasting the chili, Alley Loop definitely earned their People’s Choice Award”

The contest will have cash prizes for First, Second and Third Place. There also will be awards for People’s Choice and Showmanship. There will be secret judges for the top prizes. Set-up for the event will begin at 8 a.m. as all cooks are required to prepare their entire chili at the event because of Health Department guidelines.

Not only will there be chili, but new this year will be the addition of a salsa contest. Cost to enter the salsa contest is $25. Judges will decide and award a Best in Show prize to the top salsa creator.

Bean Bag Toss stations will be set up for tournament play. Registration for the Bean Bag Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with play beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per team and prizes will be awarded.

Admission to the Chili Cook-off is $3 per person and admission includes tasting tickets for the chili. The event is open to all ages. For more information on the Chili Cook-off, call Dixon Main Street at 815-288-2308.

The Beanblossom Parking Lot will be closed to cars starting at 6 a.m. Sunday morning to accommodate the Chili Cookoff. The cook-off is sponsored by The Stables, Drifters, Alley Loop and Zero's.

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