October 1, 2007

Chili cook-off highlights second annual fall festival

Weekend event will also feature teen band sound-off, pie eating contest

In most of the world, the term “chili” describes the fruit of a chili plant. In Delano, it’s an entire meal, describing great food and fun.

Delano businesses are proud to present the second annual chili cook-off. The event will be Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon in the Delano Park Gazebo as part of the Fall Harvest Festival.

This event, sponsored by the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, is designed to highlight delights from area chefs. It’s a competitive event with a grand prize award.

Last year’s memorable entries included white pheasant chili, cinnamon-infused chili, Iowa Hawkeye hot chili, and more. Make plans now to share your specialty.

No entry fee is required and registration is as simple as an e-mail to lisa@delanochamber.com, or call Lisa Koenecke at (763) 972-6756.

All entries will be available for sale to the public after judging for $2 a bowl with the proceeds becoming the cash award for the best float winner from the homecoming parade Oct. 5. 

Celebration of Delano pride with fall festival

The homecoming parade is set to take place  Friday, Oct. 5, with the parade step-off at 2 p.m.

The route runs from the Delano Fire Station to Tiger Drive. Along the route, parade watchers will be asked to vote for their favorite float, with a cash award being presented to the winner.

The medallion hunt will take place  Saturday, Oct. 6 with a $500- value prize for the winner.

See the related article in this week’s Delano Herald Journal for the first two clues in the medallion hunt, which will begin Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m.

In addition to the chili, there will also be plenty of family-fun events taking place at Central Park from noon to 4 p.m.

Local celebrities, including Mayor Joe McDonald, Superintendent Dr. John Sweet, High School Principal Matt Schoen, Elementary Principal Darren Schuler, Steve Gilmer from State Bank of Delano, and Joe Tipka of Coborn’s, will compete in a pie-eating contest that afternoon at Central Park.

There will also be a pumpkin decorating activity, hay maze, and Tiger bounce adventures, along with other items to keep everyone busy.

The first-ever teen band sound-off will be taking place at the Central Park bandshell during the fall festival Saturday.

In the event of inclement weather, festivities will be moved to the old high school gym.

For more information, visit www.delanochamber.com.

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