Chili Cookoff to take place Oct. 2

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, today announced that the 15th Annual Mount Vernon-Lisbon Chili Cook-off will take place Saturday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Uptown Mount Vernon.

Volunteers are still needed for the event. An easy sign-up form is available here:

The chili cook-off 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 either a five-sample punch card for $5, or a 25-sample punch 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 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 15 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. An application with guidelines is available here:

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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