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Eat or Compete in the Lyons Garden Club Chili Cook-Off

Put your chili-cooking skills to the test in the Lyons Garden Club Chili Cook-Off, or simply come grab a bowl (or samples) of chili before or after the Lyons Spooktacular Parade and Town of Lyons Halloween activities!  Past years have seen ~30 local chilis entered for the cook-off and available for purchase.

The 2024 Chili Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, October 26, with chili drop-off between 3:00-4:00p and judging/tasting starting at 4:30p (and lasting until ~7:00p).

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Join the 2023 Chili Cook-Off

3:00p - 4:00p: Chili drop-off @ Bohn Park Pavilion

4:30p - 5:30p: Games/Activities @ Bohn Park

4:30p - 5:00p: Chili Cook-Off judging @ Bohn Park

4:30p - 7:00p: Chili samples & bowls for purchase

5:30p - 6:00p: Parade & High School Band @ Bohn Park

6:00p - ?:??p: Trick or Treat throughout the town

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Compete in the Cook-Off

Anyone can join the Chili Cook-Off!  No prior registration required.  Simply bring a crockpot of chili and our judges will carefully select winners in three categories: red, green, and vegetarian.

1 / Make Your Best

Make your best chili recipe.  And if you think you'll enter, pre-register using this form (or give Sue Wratten a call at 636-284-9816) to help us get a chili head-count (no commitment!).

2 / Drop Off Chili

Bring your crockpot and a serving ladle to the Bohn Park pavilion between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on October 28th (be sure your crockpot and ladle are labeled with your name and phone number).

3 / Create a card

Bring a ~6x4 ingredients card to display with your chili that includes your category (red, green, or vegetarian), a list of your ingredients (including the type of meat), a note on how hot (spicy) your chili is, and if your chili is gluten free or vegan.

4 / Time to Judge

Judging will begin at 4:30!  Chili Cook-Off winners from each category will receive both bragging rights as well as a $50 gift card to a local Lyons establishment.

5 / chili for all

The remainder of your chili will be sold by the taste or by the bowl, with all proceeds going to the Lyons Garden Club.  Buy samples from your competitors and judge for yourself!

6 / pick up your pot

Pick up your crockpot and ladle at the Bohn Park pavilion between 7:00 and 7:30pm.

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Need an Ingredients Card?

Download and print this template from home to safely list your ingredients for those purchasing samples and bowls of chili.

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Chow Down on Chili

Anyone partaking in the downtown Lyons festivities can purchase chili during the Chili Cook-Off!​

Simply stop by the Bohn Park pavilion beginning at 4:30pm (until ~7:00pm).  You'll be able to taste all of the recipes entered into the Chili Cook-Off.  Tastes are available for $1 each ($5 for 5 tastes), or you'll be able to purchase a bowl for $5.  Past participants often purchase several tastes and then settle in on a bowl of their favorite.

All chilis will be labeled with their ingredients, vegetarian/vegan status, whether or not they are gluten free, and other details.

Proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off to to the Lyons Club as we continue to beautify Lyons, Colorado one flower at at time.

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