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Hot Dog! It’s time again for Chili in Ellisville

Vendors at Hot Dog It’s Chili in Ellisville’s Blue Bird Park 			               [File photo]
Vendors at Hot Dog It’s Chili in Ellisville’s Blue Bird Park [File photo]

The arrival of fall means one thing in Ellisville, it’s time to get your recipes ready for the area’s favorite chili competition. 

The 7th annual Hot Dog It’s Chili cook-off, hosted by the Ellisville Parks and Recreation Department, takes place on Friday, Oct. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road. 

Chili contestants will have booths in the parking lot near the park’s playground. Competition guidelines are available upon registration and on ellisville.mo.us. Each vendor is responsible for acquiring a temporary food permit for the day of the event.

Chili tasting is available on a first-come, first-served basis until it runs out. However, a panel of local judges will determine which chili is best. An awards ceremony will be held at approximately 7 p.m.

Chili teams interested in competing can contact Recreation Coordinator Sally Grobelny at (636) 227-7508 or by email at sgrobelny@ellisville.mo.us.

Let’s not forgot the dog in this annual event. 

As is tradition, dogs and dog owners can don their finest and funniest Halloween garb as part of the popular Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest. The contest will award prizes to winners in four categories: best costume, best costume combo with owner, most original and spookiest. 

The Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest returns for 2019. [File photo]
The Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest returns for 2019. [File photo]

On-site registration is permitted but all registration must be completed before 6:15 p.m. The proceeds from each $5 entry fee will benefit the Ellisville Dog Park.

Entertaining the crowd will be The Matt McCallie Orchestra, which will have attendees wanting to dance the night away. McCallie promises, “We’ve got the jams to get your toes tapping, hips shaking, hands in the air, and your feet stomping!” 

What’s not to love about the combination of delicious chili, free kids’ activities, dogs in costumes and  a dance band that is consistently ranked as one of the best in the nation. 

Kids’ activities include a variety of games and craft activities, professional balloon artists and face painters.

Food vendors on-site will offer bundt cakes, from local favorite Nothing Bundt Cakes; hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and pulled pork; kettle corn; lemonade; adult beverages and more. 

Visitors can park in Bluebird Park’s parking lots. Hayride shuttles will run from the park’s back parking lot to the event, which can be accessed through the park’s main entrance.

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