Orchard Lake St. Mary’s is hosting its 4th annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show at the school’s fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., come rain or shine.
The entry fee is $5 per person, but children 10-years-old and under will be admitted free of charge.
Typically between 60 and 70 cooks compete in the event, considered one of Michigan’s premier chili cook-offs. If they win at this event, they qualify for the regional tournament in October and could land in the world championship competition, which is typically held in Texas.
To enter, visit www.chilicookoff.com or call Event Coordinator Kelley Stramaglia at 586-873-2283.
The cooks will provide green and red chili samples for $1 each, as well as salsa.
A 50/50 raffle drawing is included in the event.
Held in conjunction with the chili cook-off is the “Battle of the Brits,” a British car and motorcycle competition held throughout the day. Over 500 vintage cars and motorcycles in 50 different classes will be on display and judged among their peers for first-, second- and third-place prizes.
Spectators will be allowed to vote for their favorite car or motorcycle — many of which are vintage — under the People’s Choice Award category.
Vintage car parts will also be for sale.
In addition to the chili cook-off and car show, there will be four large inflatables and face painting for children. Live entertainment will be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring The Hips, a classic rock band also known for covering Beatles favorites.
This year, patrons will be able to purchase margaritas or rum runners for $4 each.
Hot dogs, hamburgers and chili dogs will be served throughout the day. Stroh’s ice cream and Biggby coffee will be on-site. Other beverages available include pop, water, and beer.
Free parking will be available on the St. Mary’s grounds.