Community Cooks, Vendors Called to Heat Up “Chili” Day in Apple Valley

One of last year's competitors.

One of last year’s competitors.

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– Does your chili get rave reviews? Are you known as the master chili chef in your social circle? Want to prove it? Then dig out that secret recipe and sign up to be a community cook at this year’s Happy Trails Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 18.

Local businesses, clubs and individuals are encouraged to throw their aprons into the running to win the “community cooks” division of the event in a separate competition from the professional cooks who will compete in this International Chili Society sanctioned cook off.

The public is invited to taste and shop their way through booths of chili cooks and vendors.  Additional food vendors will be on hand, as well as a beer garden. Food vendor spaces are filled, but there is still room for retail vendors and information booths.

The location at Lenny Brewster Sports Center offers easy access, plenty of parking, a playground and lots of room for activities for the whole family.  The park is at 21024 Otoe Road.  Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the best chili selection between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Chili tasting can be extremely limited later in the afternoon.

An expanded Fall Festival area for families will feature more inflatables and “Paint A Truck” – where kids of all ages can take a paintbrush to an actual pick-up truck. The popular horseshoe tournament and live music also returns.

Cost is $5 per adult, with kids 10 and under free if they are not tasting.  Paid admission includes five tasting tickets to get you started.

The Happy Trails Chili Cook-Off is the largest annual fundraiser for the Apple Valley Rotary Club, last year surpassing $143,000 in 12 years.  For more information and to download vendor and cooks information visit, or contact Kathie Martin, chili cook-off chairperson, at or (760) 240-7000 x 7070.

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