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Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off to be held Oct. 17 at Elijah P’s


From Illinois Business Journal

ALTON – Alton Main Street is inviting the public to the Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon until 3 p.m. in the warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P’s, 401 Piasa St.

The Chili Cook-Off encourages local chefs, both amateur and professional, to match their favorite recipe with others in similar categories. Judges will award $100 prizes to winners in four categories: Individual, Organization, Business and Restaurant. The team chosen as “People’s Choice” will receive the coveted silver ladle and plaque and bragging rights.

In addition to awards for the best chili, Alton Main Street is also giving a $100 prize for the best-decorated booth. Guests will enjoy live rock, folk, blues and zydeco music from the Waters Trifecta.

Tickets are on sale now at the Alton Visitors Center, located at 200 Piasa St. in Alton, or by phone at (618) 465-6676. Tickets of $6 for adults and $3 for children will be available at the door, but last year’s event sold out at 1:30.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, which include tickets to the event. Funds raised will support Alton Main Street’s ongoing efforts to improve and promote Downtown Alton. To learn more go to the Events page of or contact Executive Director Sara McGibany at or (618) 463-1016.

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