The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce has released the schedule of events for the annual Chili and Salsa Cook-Off, which will be held on the square in Cassville on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Booths will open at 8 a.m., and entertainment will begin at 9 a.m. The following groups are scheduled to perform: the Bootkickers, 9 a.m.; Cassville YMCA Gymnastics, 9:30 a.m.; RWTB Martial Arts, 11:30 a.m.; and Barry County Connection, noon.
A pet parade, sponsored by Cassville Veterinarian Clinic, will be held at 10 a.m. Registration for the parade will be held at the Commerce Bank parking lot northeast of the square beginning at 9:30 a.m.
First and second place prizes will be awarded to the top pet parade participants. The top pet will receive a certificate for a bath and nail trim, a package of Frontline and a bag of food. The runner-up will receive a bag of food and a package of Frontline.
The third annual Chili Dog Challenge, sponsored by Sonic, will be held at 11 a.m. The contestant who consumes five chili dogs the fastest or who eats the most chili dogs in 12 minutes will be proclaimed the winner of the competitive eating event.
The Chili Dog Challenge winner will receive $100 in Cassville Cash and a basket of items donated by local businesses.
Individuals interested in participating in the Chili Dog Challenge should pre-register as soon as possible. The competition will be limited to the first 10 individuals who register. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older.
Chili and salsa judging will begin at noon. Chili and salsa tasting kits, which will cost $2, will be sold at the chamber booth. The chamber will also offer event T-shirts during the festival.
The Cassville First Baptist Church Family Life Center will offer a "Minute-To-Win-It" contest during the fall festival. For more information or to sign up for the contest, call 846-0008.
The top chili and salsa entries and other award winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
This year's event will also offer food concessions and craft vendors selling a variety of products ranging from tutus and hair bows to cedar furniture.
The theme for this year's event is the 1950s and 1960s. Participants will be encouraged to decorate their booths using the theme.
Salsa cooks and Chili Dog Challenge contestants are still needed for the fall festival.
For more information or to register as a salsa cook or a Chili Dog Challenge contestant, call Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director, at 847-2814, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cassville.com.