Ok­to­ber­fest: Award-Win­ning Chili, Lowrid­ers

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Sally Car­roll

Com­pet­i­tive cooks are fir­ing up their stoves and gath­er­ing their spoons to serve up some award-win­ning chili on Satur­day, Oct. 6.

The Noel Bet­ter­ment As­so­ci­a­tion will host a Chili Cookoff as part of Ok­to­ber­fest on Main Street, next to Ar­vest Bank.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is tak­ing on the event this year, which was formerly hosted by the McDon­ald County Cham­ber of Com­merce on an an­nual ba­sis.

With a change in venue, or­ga­niz­ers are adding a va­ri­ety of events to at­tract McDon­ald County neigh­bors and vis­i­tors to the event, said Noel Bet­ter­ment As­so­ci­a­tion trea­surer De­nae Mur­phy.

A bouncy house for chil­dren will be set up from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the chili cookoff set from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Noel Bet­ter­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and the McDon­ald County Cham­ber of Com­merce will sell bowls for the at­ten­dees to taste the chili and use for Peo­ple’s Choice judg­ing, Mur­phy said.

A panel of judges will award first, sec­ond and third place hon­ors, with a tro­phy for the top three teams in the mild-to-medium divi­sion and the top three teams in the hot-to-ex­tra-hot divi­sion.

Judg­ing is at 1 p.m. The Peo­ple’s Choice and Best Booth will con­clude at 2 p.m. Win­ners will be an­nounced on the main stage at 2:30 p.m.

Chili cookoff par­tic­i­pants should pre­reg­is­ter. Par­tic­i­pants will not be charged to en­ter the con­test. How­ever, do­na­tions are wel­come and will ben­e­fit the Noel Bet­ter­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, Mur­phy said.

En­ter­tain­ers will be on hand and pro­vide live mu­sic through­out the day.

In con­junc­tion with Ok­to­ber­fest, Sparks in the Ozarks 13 will take place this week­end at River Ranch Re­sort in Noel. The week­end will fea­ture a num­ber of low rid­ers, with a cos­tume con­test, le­gal drag ses­sion and spec­ta­tor hours. Those who wish to par­tic­i­pate will be charged a fee.

Mur­phy said Ok­to­ber­fest will of­fer sev­eral dif­fer­ent types of events, which or­ga­niz­ers hope will at­tract a crowd.

“We hope to draw res­i­dents and a lot of peo­ple from out of state,” Mur­phy. “We’re ex­cited to be host­ing the chili cookoff. We’re def­i­nitely will­ing to give it a shot and see how it goes.”

The fam­ily-friendly fun is great for all, Mur­phy said, en­cour­ag­ing fam­i­lies to come and en­joy the day.

Ven­dors also are en­cour­aged to show their items and wares. Mur­phy said ven­dors do not pay a par­tic­i­pa­tion fee for setup.

“Come, show McDon­ald County what you make, sell or pro­mote,” Mur­phy said.

Those who are in­ter­ested in sign­ing up for the chili cookoff may reg­is­ter by con­tact­ing Mur­phy at 417-3127750. Regis­tra­tion dead­line is Fri­day, Oct. 5.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about ei­ther event, call Mur­phy or email Sparks InTheOzarks@gmail.com.

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