Chili Cook-off returning to Chilo


CHILO – To bean or not to bean, that is the question.

Or at least one question the Clermont County Park District hopes to answer when it presents its third annual Chili Cook-off from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Chilo Lock 34 Park.

This year’s event is open to all comers and will award trophies in three categories – spiciest chili, judge’s choice and people’s choice.

“We wanted to switch it up a little bit and get a taste of everybody’s chili,” said Park District Community Relations Manager Mark Motz. “We are grateful to our past restaurant participants – and they’re still welcome to enter – but we also want a bit of Aunt Esther’s secret recipe or Grandpa Joe’s five alarm.

“There are as many different recipes as there are people who make chili. We hope to have a wide variety and a fun afternoon trying them all.”

Another change, this year’s Chili Cook-off will be free to attend and taste (although there will be beer, non-alcoholic beverages and other snacks for sale).

“We want as many people to attend as possible and taste as many different chili varieties as they can,” Motz said. “Contestants will have one-ounce taste-test servings so guests can try every flavor and make a well-informed decision on the people’s choice award.”

Interested in putting your chili to the test? Check out the chili cook-off rules and get a chili cook-off entry form. Contact Park District Community Relations manager Mark Motz at or 513-309-9024 with any questions.

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