Chili and Salsa Cook-Off to offer fall fun
'The Show' performance, YMCA Chili Run part of festival
One way to celebrate fall and cooler weather is a warm bowl of chili, and Cassville has that market cornered with its traditional Chili and Salsa Cook-Off, which will take place on the Cassville square on Oct. 28.
The fun starts at 8 a.m. and offers something for everyone, from an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to chili and salsa tasting, craft booths, shopping, live music, a chili dog eating contest, a Fun Run/Walk, and the highlight of the festival — the cooking competition — with judging to take place at noon. Festival goers are encouraged to taste away, then cast their votes.
"We encourage everyone to come out and vote for their favorite chili and/or salsa," said Brittany Farris, Cassville Chamber of Commerce director. "All winning teams will be based off of People's Choice this year."
Rocked & Loaded Band will perform at 10:30 a.m., Sonic will host its annual chili dog eating contest at 11 a.m., and the Lucas Gates Band will take the stage at noon.
This year's theme is sports, so chili and salsa competitors are encouraged to wear their favorite jersey, and decorate booths to reflect their favorite team.
Other concurrent festival activities include:
• Cassville Fire Protection District Pancake Breakfast: served 6:30-10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. All you can eat pancakes are served for a donation.
• Chili Run: The Annual Cassville YMCA 5K and One Mile Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. from the Cassville Square. Proceeds from the annual event help support the organization's scholarship program, which allows local families in need to utilize YMCA summer camps, after-school care, child care and more. For more information or to be a participant, call Dove Haney at 417-846-1535.
• 25th Anniversary of 'The Show,' will take place Oct. 26, 28, and 29. The local and long-standing music variety show and members featuring HomeTown Sound & The RedHots and other local talent, has been delighting audiences for over 25 years, and will pack the house again with three, two-hour performances during the festival weekend.
Thursday and Saturday shows will start at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinee show starts at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Cassville Event Center. Advance tickets can be purchased for a reduced rate of $7 (children 12 and under are free) at the Cassville Chamber office and Cassville banks. Guests may also purchase tickets at the door. Table seating is available at the Chamber office only and is $15 per person, or $75 for a table of eight.
• Herrin Animal Hospital will not have a pet parade this year, but will have goodie bags available for pets that stop by their vendor booth on the square.
The deadline for vendors to enter the festival is no later than Oct. 18. After this date, no refunds will be given. Booth availability and location is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each booth space is 10-by-10 foot. All tents must meet those dimensions. No refunds will be offered due to inclement weather; the event will continue regardless.
For more information about the festival and activities, people contact the Cassville Chamber at 417-847-2814 or visit www.cassville.com for a complete schedule of the festival weekend.