• Last modified 311 days ago (Sept. 14, 2023)


Chili cookoff spices up life at county lake

Staff writer

An annual chili competition that has been known to pit husbands against wives and brother against brother will be Oct. 7 at Marion County Lake Hall.

This will be the 17th year for the lake’s chili cook-off.

Eager chili cooks can sign up from now until right before the event.

Last year, 15 cooks entered the contest, paying a $15 entry fee.

Top winners were Stacy Schmidt with Explosive Schmidts chili, Taco’s Food Truck, and Janet Robinson and Linda Carlson.

Visitors can buy a chili taste kit for $5, sample the chilies, and vote for a people’s choice award.

The chili cook-off ordinarily attracts 250 to 350 people a year.

Related events take place during the day.

This year, a car show and a cornhole tournament are planned. Friends of the lake typically have a bake sale to raise money for lake projects.

Last modified Sept. 14, 2023