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Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off to be held Oct 14 at Elijah P’s

Alton Main Street is inviting the public to the Downtown Alton Chili Cook-Off, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon until 3 p.m. in the warehouse and pavilion at Elijah P’s, 401 Piasa St.

downtownaltonchilicookoffThe Chili Cook-Off encourages local chefs, both amateur and professional, to match their favorite recipe with others in similar categories. Organizers look forward to greeting returning teams and welcoming new participants to a fiery competition.

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 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.

There are spaces available inside the warehouse for electric set-up and spaces available in the outdoor pavilion for gas set-ups. Spaces are available on a first-come basis and participants must confirm by Oct. 6.

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 will be available at the door, but the event has been known to sell out.

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 download a registration form, visit the Events page of Other questions can be directed to Executive Director Sara McGibany at or (618) 463-1016.

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