2010 Chili Cook in Owasso
published on 10/17/2010
Chili lovers will be able to taste some of the world's best chili and sample some 50 pots of chili prepared by local chili teams at the Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off, to be held at Centennial Park in Owasso on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those attending will also enjoy the city of Owasso's Harvest Festival, featuring bounce houses, face painting, costume contests, hayrides, the Owasso Family YMCA scarecrow contest and children's game tent, free corn-on-the-cob prepared by Freedom Church and lots of fun "fair" food and beverages.
Tasting kits will be sold for $3, enabling spectators to sample all of the People's Choice chilies, and then vote for their favorite. Proceeds from the chili cook-off go to help the Pride of Owasso Marching Band go to Pasadena, Calif., to march in the Rose Parade on New Year's Day 2011.
"We will have International Chili Society cooks from all across the U.S. here to compete in the ICS State of Oklahoma Championship Cook-Off," Cook-off Chairman John Fenrich said. "The winners in the ICS competition will represent Oklahoma at the 2011 ICS World Championship Chili Cook-Off."
Last year more than 3,000 people flocked to the park for the chili festival. Fenrich said he is expecting an even larger crowd this year.
Parking at the cook-off site is limited to handicapped parking. Shuttle buses will be running continuously from the Owasso High School parking lot from 9 a.m. to 9:15 p.m., however. There will also be a shuttle tram from the drop-off area at the park entrance to the cook-off site on the east side of the pond.
The cook-off will also feature the Little Miss Chili Pepper and Little Mr. Hot Sauce contests. Parents should sign their children up for the contests at the main chili registration tent before 1 p.m. VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center and TulsaPets Magazine are sponsoring the Cutest Chili Dog contest. Digital photos will be taken of the dressed up pooches, and winners announced following the cook-off.
Sponsors include RCB Bank, Arvest Bank, Owasso Reporter, P & K Equipment - John Deere, Family First Chiropractic, Hampton Inn, Office Depot, EZ Adz, Quick Trip, VCA Owasso Animal Medical Center, TulsaPets Magazine, Hallmark, J&K Media Resources, Crystal Arts Academy of Eufaula, Party Depot, Catoosa Small Animal Hospital, and AAA Insurance - Levi Molini.