Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 20 when the McMullen Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts the 23rd Annual Great Arizona Outback Chili Cook Off at the Centennial Community Center in Centennial Park between Salome and Wenden.
The event kicks off at 9 a.m., when sign-ups begins for the Off Road (4-wheel drive vehicles only) Poker Run. Sign-ups continue until 11 a.m. All participants must be back in by 2 p.m.
There is also an equestrian poker run, Tails and Trails. The course is approximately seven miles long, and sign-up begins at 9 a.m. You must be back in by 12:30 p.m. The 50/50 drawing tickets will be sold beginning at that time and throughout the day. There are also Chili Cook Off t-shirts to be had.
The Salsa Makers Contest begins at 9:30 a.m., and the Chili Cookers begin at 11 a.m. If you are interested in competing, remember that you may use fillers in the chili. You may sign up at the event, but you must have a La Paz County Food Handlers card. First place cash prize is $100 for Salsa and $200 for Chili. If you only want to sample their wares, Taster Buttons are available for $4 each, which enables you to vote for your favorite salsa and chili. Salsa tasting begins at 12:15 and Chili at 2:15.
We are sponsoring our third annual Nord Memorial Outback Golf Tournament, to be held at the Greasewood Golf Course, beginning at 9 a.m. There will be prizes and drawings awarded. Cost is $20 per golfer, cart extra (private carts encouraged).
Patrons can browse the Annual Art Show and Exhibit, the Annual Quilt Show, and see dozens of Classic Cars. There is entertainment in the form of dancers and Wild West Shows. There is music going all day, provided by Kevin James.
There will be a number of food booths available, all from local non-profit organizations. You have choices of chili beans, hamburgers, hot dogs, Polish sausage, Mexican food and cold drinks. There will be a beer garden on site.
There will be a “silent auction” at approximately 1:45 p.m.
Awards will be presented at approximately 3 p.m.
All these fun events will be held at Centennial Community Center, 69725 Centennial Park Road (across from the Greasewood Golf Course), in eastern La Paz County, the “Heart of the Arizona Outback.” Please no food or drinks in the building, and no bicycles, skateboards or pets, other than service animals.
For more information please call Evonne at 928-859-4014 or Linda at 928-859-4621.