Chili Cookoff Team Kragenbrink

13th Annual MV-L Chili Cook-off Oct. 5

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced that the 13th Annual Mount Vernon-Lisbon Chili Cook-off will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, 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 based on People’s Choice. 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. Chili samples in biodegradable 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 or sign up at the event.

“Mount Vernon and Lisbon loves their chili and has been making this event a family favorite every October for 13 years,” said event chair Lori Winder. “This is a great way to try chili, support a local non-profit and socialize with friends and family!”

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

Find the Chili Team application here:

Find the guidelines for making chili on site here: