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Chili and Queso Cook off set for September 28

The weather may turn cooler, but the Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce and Mount Ida First Baptist will be turning up the heat Saturday, September 28, with a Chili and Queso Cook off.
This competition is open to everyone, whether you be an individuals, organization, or a business. Competitors will set up on the courthouse square in Mount Ida and begin cooking at 1 p.m. Each entry will be allotted a 10×10 foot preparation area with additional space available for an additional fee. All teams must consist of at least two people and they must supply their own equipment and ingredients.
All chili and queso must be prepared onsite and no prepackaged chili or queso dip may be used.
Each team is required to cook at least two gallons of chili and/or queso. Judges will select a winner in each category by blind taste test. You can make more chili and are encouraged to do so. A people’s choice award will be presented so the more chili/queso you make the more potential votes you can earn.
Teams are encouraged, urged and otherwise motivated to decorate their area and themselves. There will be a people’s choice award presented to the more attention you draw to your area the better.
Cooking begins at 1 p.m. and the event opens at 6:30 p.m. to the general public. Samples for judges will be collected at around 6 p.m. Winners will be announced at 8 p.m.
Mike Mayberry and the Slowhands will perform on the Front Porch Stage at 7 p.m.
If you think you have the best chili or queso in Montgomery County then bring your cooker, bowls, spoons and hottest ingredients to the Montgomery County Courthouse lawn Saturday, September 28 and prove it.
For more information and a complete list of rules visit the Chamber’s Facebook page or you can contact the Chamber at (870) 867-2723.

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