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Preparations Heat Up For Oct. 4 Chili Cookoff

Nanette Buehrer, Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce director, said Monday night preparations are going forward for the Saturday, Oct. 4 Chili Cookoff.

“Everything is a go,” Buehrer said.

Several groups and individuals have stepped up to handle portions of the program.

“Everybody’s got their chores to get done, to make a wonderful fall festival,” she said.

The event starts at 11 am with the kid’s bicycle parade, which will feature youngsters riding decorated bicycles through downtown. The Archbold High School chapter of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America is coordinating the event. The starting point is the Archbold Street Department parking lot on East Holland Street, just east of High Street.

The cookoff ends with the Side Street Café, where those over 21 can enjoy a beer while listening to the Lemon Squeezer Band play classic rock, watch the cornhole tournament, or catch sports scores on a large screen television.

Buehrer said right now, one of the challenges is the largescreen television.

They have the television, but no one, as yet, has figured out how to hook it up to a cable sys- tem or the Internet.

Located in the 100 block of West Holland Street, the area where beer is served will be fenced off. Buehrer said planning for the café is going quite well.

“In fact, Stella Blue and the City Café have agreed to sell food” in the café.

The café will be open from 2 pm to 5 pm.


In between, people will be able to purchase chili from vendors in the downtown area; cash prizes are being awarded in three categories.

In the past, the chili was done on a freewill donation basis. To sell chili, vendors must have a temporary food vendor license from the Fulton County Health Department.

Buehrer said some groups warmed up to the idea of getting the temporary license, but others chose not to, instead offering other food items.

She said this year, a number of restaurants are participating in the cookoff, and some are offering more than one variety of chili.

Other Activities

Buehrer said there is are a variety of activities planned for kids. In addition to giant inflatable toys, the Black Swamp Arts Council will have an area established where children can work on art projects.

The Evan Mennonite Praise Band and the Black Swamp Swing Band will perform.

A live scarecrow will be on hand, passing out balloons and performing.

Artie Short, Archbold, will be the master of ceremonies for the event.- David Pugh

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