Superior, CO 8th Annual Chili Fest

On September 13th, Superior will celebrate its 8th annual Chili Fest event at Community Park.

Unlike the first couple of years, this event will be in the afternoon between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. I remember the first year of the Chili Fest when I rode my, now antique, Bridgestone MB-! mountain bike to Community Park in Superior at a little after 8:00 am. Ah, the smell of simmering chili and frying beef and pork!

This year there are some great things planned for the celebration.

A ‘big ticket’ item this year is the entertainment. Hazel Miller will be there again and also Superior locals, Sugar Daddy. Hazel Miller is also a chili judge. I wish we could get Chris Daniels and The Kings. One of my favorite drummers around, Chris Stongle, plays for The Kings.

The chili competition is open to anyone who wants to participate, and you’ll need to fill out an application and follow the contest rules because this is an International Chili Society sanctioned Regional cook-off. You can see the rules and get an application at the Superior town website. Check this: the Town of Superior will actually pay the $42.00 for your International Chili Society membership if you decide to compete.

The event has many sponsors from throughout the local community, but it’s still looking for volunteers. I you want to volunteer or just want more information, you can email Kristi Audette: kristia@townofsuperior.com.

The event usually includes all sorts of vendors, including craft vendors, local businesses, exciting things for your kids and lots of chili to sample. The planners of the Chili Fest have said that they plan to have a new method for purchasing the samples, and I’ve also heard that there will be many opportunities for free tastes as well.

There will also be a beer garden, a root-beer garden and maybe even the kids jumpy-castle thing. What a great combo! I wish the trick roping cowboy and his son would come back, that was a favorite of mine and my kids the first year. In recent years, the event also included a petting corral with many small farm animals like goats, sheep, and young horses and cows.

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