Cabin Fever Chili Cook-Off returns to Irons

IRONS — The Irons Area Tourism Authority is inviting the Lake County community to join them for the sixth annual Cabin Fever Chili Cook-Of.

The event will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Skinner Park Hall in Irons and will go until midnight. At the end of the competition, the maker of the chili which gets the most votes will win an award and $350 worth of prizes and gift cards will be awarded or raffled off.

"Our event is a little different from a lot of other chili cook-offs," remarked IATA president Paul Suits. "It's all-you-can-eat for the price of admission and we don't charge people for each bowl the take. We don't sell refreshments, so people can bring in their own beverages."

Admission is $10 or $5 plus three items on non-perishable food. Financial proceeds from the cook-off will go to the Irons Union Church, while all food will be donated to the Lakeview Church of the Brethren.

"We think this will be a good deed for the food bank and it will be a nice night of fun during a part of the year when the community is usually pretty quiet,' said Suits. "It will be a chance to bring the community together at a time of year when that is less common and have it benefit a good cause."

The first part of the evening will be a chili cook-off, with chili judging beginning at 5:30 p.m. After everyone gets a chance to eat, music will be provided by the band Onager. A variety of chili will be served and all are welcome.

"Last year was so packed," said Suits. "We enclosed the outdoor area of the hall under the pavilion this year so we could double our space."

Those wishing to participate in the cook-off will need to be able to provide a full crock cooker full of chili.