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CDG announces 11th Annual Chili Cook-off

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced that the 11th Annual Mount Vernon-Lisbon Chili Cook-off  will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Uptown Mount Vernon.

The chili cook-off contest is open to the public. The event features 25 four-person teams vying for a total of $450 in cash prizes. The cooking will take place from noon to 4 p.m., with the public invited to the tasting portion of the event from 4 to 7 p.m. Biodegradable sample chili cups are available for $1 each, or a 25-sample punch card for $20. Beer, soda and other beverages are available for purchase. Admission to the event is free.

Also scheduled is a Bags Tournament starting at 3 p.m. Those interested in signing up for the bags tournament are asked to contact Aaron Truitt at atruitt@mountvernon.k12.ia.us or sign up at the event.

“This is our 11th Annual event and will be our biggest ever,” said event chair Lori Winder. “This is a great way to try chili, support a local non-profit and socialize with friends and family. After 11 years, this committee knows how to throw a great Chili Cook-off!”

Chili team applications are still being taken. More information, including a Chili Cookoff team registration form, is available at www.visitmvl.com

About the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group exists to improve the social and economic well-being of Mount Vernon and Lisbon by capitalizing on their unique identity, assets and character. Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community in 2008, and practices economic development within the context of historic preservation.

About Main Street

The Main Street Approach is a copyrighted process of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Program has been used in Iowa since 1986 with a total of 56 communities having participated.  Mount Vernon was selected as a Main Street community on March 4, 2008 by the State of Iowa, after submitting a comprehensive application and presenting to a select board of reviewers.