The chili cook off is an annual event at Jackson Park raising money for the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts at the school. Adults can eat all the chili their hearts desire for $6.00, children 6-12 years old get in for $3.00 and little ones 5 and younger eat for free. With the purchase of a chili dinner you also received a dessert ticket thanks to the girl scouts and n official ballot allowing you to vote for your favorite chili.St. Louis Area Food Bank and tonight's chili cook off. If you showed up at the chili cook off with a canned good you also received an extra voting ballot!
After the chili had been eaten and voted on the crowd moved into the gymnasium where there was line dancing and a pepper eating contest. For a measly $5.00 you could enter to eat as many Serrano peppers as you could stomach in two and a half minutes.
The contestants gathered on the stage while the audience looked on, cheering and clapping and shouting in excitement. As the rules were laid out for them they began to contemplate what they were about to get themselves into. Then the music began and the eating commenced. In the end the winner downed peppers in the two and a half minutes.
At the end of the night the chili had all been eaten, canned goods had been collected, parents had been introduced to each other and the tummies of everyone involved were happy and full. The music was playing, the crowd was dancing and the entire event had once again been a success.
Thank you to all who participated by either making and entering their chili, baking a dessert, working the ticket table, buying a 50/50 raffle ticket, donating a canned good or eating a hot pepper while your child looked on in amazement from the crowd.
It's always great when a well planned evening evening is a success!