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Lenexa Chili Challenge, Lenexa, KS, October 15-16, 2010

The Lenexa Chili Challenge is always held on the third weekend of October each year. In 2010, the event will take place on Friday, October 15th and Saturday, October 16th.

The contest is held in Old Town Lenexa (the corner of Santa Fe Trail Drive and Pflumm Road). There are 100 teams competing in two divisions: Competition (C.A.S.I.) Chili and Home Style Chili. In 1999 a Salsa Division was added that has been very popular. Since then, we have also added a hot wing contest. Chili contestants show up Friday afternoon and begin setting up their booth space.

The festivities begin at 5:00 pm Friday night with live music and activities for all. This year we will be adding a fireworks display to the event on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. The contest begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. with the announcement of the winners. There is an admission charge of $2 per adult. Children 12 and under free. There will be chili to sample, games, music, and live entertainment.

Proceeds from the Lenexa Chili Challenge help benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

If you are interested in competing, being a judge, or want more information, call the CHILI HOTLINE at 477-7100.

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