Warm up from chilly weather with bite of chili

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Cassville Chili Cook-Off heads back to downtown square

The chilly weather of fall brings on the annual Cassville Chili Cook-Off to help locals warm up.

With vendors and, of course, chili, residents and visitors can enjoy a “classic cartoon” theme full of 60’s and 70’s cartoons.

Morgan Williams, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce director, said the event will move back to the Cassville square this year.

“It was decided in the September board meeting that we would move the Chili Cook-Off back to the square,” she said. “After TroutFest, members of the community started reaching out to the board members and saying they would like it to move back to the square.

“There is a feeling of nostalgia with it being on the square, it is right in the middle of town, so people can’t miss it, and the businesses offer a backdrop for the event.”

With vendor booths opening from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the highly anticipated chili taste testing will begin at noon as usual.

“Last year, we had 10 chili cookers and 7 salsas to taste,” Williams said. “We would love to have more this year. This year we have eight ‘cooks’ signed up. Eight will do chili, and three will do salsa.”

There will be prizes for first through third place in multiple categories.

“Every year, we have categories like peoples choice and judges choice, best decorated and most spirited,” she said. “The tasting kits will be available at the Chamber booth and will cost $3.”

In addition, the chamber will also be selling this year’s T-shirts at its booth, and last year’s shirts at a discounted rate.

“There will be cash prizes for first through third place, as well as the chance to win the coveted wooden spoon customized with this year’s logo,” Williams said.

People can expect chili and salsa from the crowd favorites like Barry County Drug Court, Barry Electric, Habitat for Humanity and more.

“We also have a new one this year, Extreme Graphics,” Williams said.

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