Despite information to the contrary, the annual Wauseon Chili Cook-Off and Family Fest is alive and well and scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., said Kevin Nelson, chairman.
“The Chili Cook-Off is doing great this year, and a lot of activities are planned for that day,” Nelson said.
Over 30 food and craft vendors are expected at the 2018 cook-off, along with a full tent of chili contestants. The chili judging will commence at 12:30 p.m., with winners awarded the following prizes: People’s Choice – first place $250 and a plaque; second place, $150; and third place, $75. There will also be Mayor’s Choice and Judges’ Choice plaque awards, and a $25 prize for the best decorated booth.
The cook-off contest will also feature The Battle of the Wauseon Fire and Police Departments, strictly for chili bragging rights.
For the cost of a hand stamp – $5 for adults, $2 for children 10 and under – visitors can receive three tokens to vote for their favorite chili.
Free family entertainment by the Wauseon Farmers Market will be available at the event’s south stage. Free activities will include:
• A nine-hole Putt Putt golf course co-sponsored by Don’s Automotive Group
• The Wauseon Fire Department’s aerial tower and Blaze the Fire Dog
• Kids’ finger printing and McGruff the Crime Dog, by the Wauseon Police Department
• Face painting by the Wauseon High School cheerleaders at 11:15 a.m.
• Train rides by Marv Rittenhouse
• A bounce house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Health screenings by the Fulton County Health Department
• A visit by dogs and cats from the Fulton County Humane Society
Nelson said comments Mayor Kathy Huner made at the Sept. 4 Wauseon City Council meeting suggesting the Wauseon Chili Cook-off may cease after this year were incorrect. Huner had cited a lack of chili vendors and the expense of making chili.
“This will not be the last year for Chili Cook-Off,” he said.