ALTON — Plans are under way for the Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off and organizers are inviting residents to join the festivities.
This year’s cook-off will be noon until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the giant warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P’s, 401 Piasa St.
The civic event encourages local chili experts to match their favorite recipe with others in similar categories.
Organizers will award $100 prizes to winners in 4 categories: Individual, Organization, Business and Restaurant. The team chosen as People’s Choice will receive the coveted silver ladle and plaque and bragging rights. In addition to awards for the best chili, a $100 prize will go to the best-decorated booth.
There are 18 spaces available in the warehouse for electric set-up (crock pot, roaster, etc.) and 14 spaces available in the outdoor pavilion for gas set-ups (propane stove or grill). Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Teams should indicate on the registration form whether either option would work.
The application form and a $25 registration fee should be submitted to event organizer Alton Main Street as soon as possible to confirm participation in the event.
Tickets are on sale at the Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa St. in Alton, or by phone at (618) 465-6676. Tickets will be available at the door, but the event has been known to sell out, so plan ahead to guarantee you can attend.
Sponsorship opportunities are available, which include tickets to the event. Funds raised will support Alton Main Street’s efforts to improve and promote Downtown Alton. To download a registration form, visit the Events page of DowntownAlton.com. If you have questions after reading the registration form, contact Executive Director Sara McGibany at firstname.lastname@example.org or (618) 463-1016.