Annuel Kiwanis Car Show and Chili Cook-off survives the chaos, and still serves up some heat

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By: Lori Bledsoe
The Alpine Sun
This year’s annual Car Show and Chili Cook-Off withstood the chaos of construction, persevered through the heat of the season and brought some of their own to boot!  There were 16 chili contestants with their bubbling brews of beans as well as 95 classy cars on display.  The event was very well attended with a count of over 170 cars parked in the upper field and more cars parked at the Community Center and along Alpine Blvd.

By: Lori Bledsoe
The Alpine Sun
This year’s annual Car Show and Chili Cook-Off withstood the chaos of construction, persevered through the heat of the season and brought some of their own to boot!  There were 16 chili contestants with their bubbling brews of beans as well as 95 classy cars on display.  The event was very well attended with a count of over 170 cars parked in the upper field and more cars parked at the Community Center and along Alpine Blvd.
This annual event has always been located at the Alpine Community Center Park and has attracted the Alpine community to come out of the air conditioning to peruse and appreciate vintage vehicles and taste the tempting tangy flavors of the most savory chili recipes in town.
Beginning at 6 a. m. the classic car owners began to organize and line up their beautiful and time-honored modes of transportation.  And while the vehicles were parking in place, the Community Center staff began organizing this huge event with the help of 30 students from Granite Hills High School.  Community Center Director Sue Roff commented, “These kids worked really hard and helped so much!” Roff also said that the only confusion or chaos was at approximately 9:45 a.m., but it quickly cleared due to the people guiding and directing, as well as the signage that was very visible directed the attendees.  Roff was very happy with the turnout and said the vendors were very available to the guests, she thinks that their apparent availability helped their business as well.
At the event, once a guest strolled through the handsome array of hot rods, they were treated to a pancake breakfast at a bargain price of $6.  The chili vendors opened up the tasting event at 11:00 a.m. and that lasted until 3 p.m. and the atmosphere was filled music, and dancing.  When you were up for more than just samples of chili, there were barbecue ribs, and hot dogs available, on one could cool their thirst or slake the heat with a visit to the beer garden or for the kids an icy snow cone.
The winners of the Chili Cook-Off include:  The Peoples Choice Award was given to the Alpine VFW.  Baron’s Market took the first place award, Chili Boys received second place, and third place went to the Alpine Beer Company.
More events that are coming up in Alpine include the Soap Box Derby that will be happening in October, as well as the Thanksgiving Day event at the Community Center and the Breakfast with Santa.

Annuel Kiwanis Car Show and Chili Cook-off   survives the chaos, and still serves up some heat

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