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 [email protected] 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 visitmvl.com

Find the Chili Team application here:

Find the guidelines for making chili on site here:

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