16th Annual Chili Cookoff Oct 8

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced that the 16th Annual Mount Vernon Chili Cookoff will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Uptown Mount Vernon.

The chili cookoff is open to the public. The event features up to 30 chili cooking teams vying for a total of $450 in cash prizes including prizes for Best Chili with meat, Best Chili without meat, and Best Team Theme (costumes encouraged).

The cooking will take place from 11 a.m. 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 a 25-sample “passport” card for $20. Beer, soda and water 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 love chili and this event has become a family favorite every October for 16 years,” said event chair Sue Margheim. “This is a great way to try chili, support a local non-profit and socialize with friends and family!”

Chili team applications are available here: A hard copy of same is available for print out here:

Or scan the Chili QR Code below: 

More information is available at 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.

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