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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0545a9a829a7f94-chili2

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 atruitt@mountvernon.k12.ia.us 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.