Mount Vernon Chili Cook-Off 2018

10th annual chili cookoff

Mount Vernon Chili Cook-Off 2018

The 12th Annual Mount Vernon-Lisbon Chili Cook-off is on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

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The event features 25 four-person teams competing for cash prizes totaling $400 and bragging rights. The cooking will take place from noon to 4 p.m.  Then the public is invited to the tasting portion of the event from 4 to 7 p.m. 

  • Chili Cookoff The Better Half Team Won in October 2017Chili Cookoff Attendees October 2017Open to the public and admission is free.
  • Biodegradable sample chili cups are available for $1 each, or a 25-sample punch card for $20. 
  • Beer, soda, and other beverages will also be available for purchase.

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 or sign up at the event.

“Mount Vernon and Lisbon loves their chili and has been making this event an October staple for 12 years now,” said event chair Lori Winder. “This is a great way to try chili, support a local non-profit and socialize with friends and family. After 12 years, this committee has learned how to throw a great Chili Cook-off!”

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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Oct 13 2018


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Uptown Mount Vernon, Iowa
1st Street and Iowa 1


Matt Margheim

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