On Saturday, November 9th, the Montpelier Civic Center will sponsor their first ever Chili Cook-Off. There will be a $20 buy in to participate, with a $300 prize going to the first place overall winner and a $200 prize going to the second place winner! Trophies will be given for the “Hottest Pot” and “Most Original.”
The day’s events will kick off with a cornhole tournament. Registration will begin at 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per team with the winning team taking home half of the money paid in. The more teams there are, the higher the payout!
This will also be the time where chili-cook-off participants can set up their tables and their chili. Participants are invited to bring along anything they’d like served with their chili as well, such as cheeses, sour cream, corn chips and crackers.
Chili judging will begin at 5 p.m. During this time, everyone is invited to dinner! For $5, people will be able to taste test the chili and vote for their favorite ones. Additional tickets will be available for those wishing to try more chili and place more votes. Water, tea and lemonade will be served with the dinner. Beer and pop will also be available for purchase. Since there will be alcohol available, this will be a 21 and older event. Anyone under 21 will not be able to enter.
While dinner is being served up and judging is taking place, a live band will entertain the crowd. The Osie’s Hill band will play from 5-7 p.m. Mike Williams (guitar), Jim Carfield (drums), Charlie Stepp (vocals), and Randy Riesen (bass guitar) all started playing together over 50 years ago as a high school band. Back then, their band name was Sunny Daze. They played at Montpelier High School, Southern Wells High School, Blackford High School (when the schools consolidated), Pendleton, Columbia City, and Rushville high schools, the Blackford County 4H festivals and at the Montpelier Jamboree.
The group reunited last year and chose a new name, “Osie’s Hill;” a childhood sledding spot in Montpelier. The band plays locally and also performed on the main stage at the 2019 Montpelier Jamboree.
Following the live band, winners of the chili cook-off will be announced and awards will be handed out. Then, a live auction will begin. The auction will run until approximately 8 p.m.
This will be a fundraising event for the civic center. As a non-profit, the center relies on memberships, rentals, sponsorships, donations and grants to operate and cover programming, such as the After School Fun Club and Senior Social Time.
Any person or business wishing to donate towards the auction can contact Heather White at 765-728-2600 or 765-329-0800.
Civic center board members invite everyone over 21 to come and enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment and fun.