ADD A LITTLE FLAVOR TO SUMMERTIME
July 02, 2015 | by Dan McKernan
Thousands are expected to
gather at The Bartlett Events Center in Big Bear Village to sample a variety of
home-style chili and salsas prepared by cooks from throughout the Southwest at
the 46th Annual Big Bear Chili Cook-Off. This is an International
Chili Society sanctioned event with more than 100 chili cooks who compete for
cash prizes and awards, including the opportunity to advance for a spot in the
ICS World Championships. Big Bear Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, July 11 from 10
a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free to the public. Chili tasting kits are
available for $5.
There are two People’s
Choice contests that give the public a chance to stir up the pot with their
votes. The first People’s Choice contest is the “Best Local Restaurant" from
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This contest gives Big Bear restaurants a chance to vie
for bragging rights and a perpetual, wooden-bear trophy provided by Kirby's
Custom Carvings. The second People’s Choice contest is “Public Votes for ICS
Competition Chili” from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The top cook of the “Public Votes ICS
Competition Chili” contest is awarded a $150 cash prize.
This good old-fashioned
chili cook-off has an authentic western flare, too. Step back in time to see
Judge Millener’s Wild West Showdown between outlaws and law dogs. The showdown
features professional stunt people and gun-safety demonstrations, followed by
re-enactments of robberies, kidnappings and old west standards like the Old
Miners Jail. Adding to the flavor is a wide selection of live music including bluegrass,
country, folk and classic rock. There are over 40 vendors plus fun-filled
activities for families that include gold panning, face painting, potato-sack
races and kiddie crafts. Traditional contests include Ms. Chili Pepper, Mr. Hot
Stuff, Shoot n’ Holler and Wiskerino.
“Old Miners Days in Big
Bear Valley is more than a celebration, it’s a down right HOOT!” said Old
Miners Association President Richard Millener.
Another part of Big Bear
Chili Cook-Off that has become a crowd favorite is the 5th Annual Outhouse
Race. Local businesses and civil service groups spend months designing and building
“People-Powered Potties” to compete in the Outhouse Race. The championship team
is awarded the coveted “Golden Outhouse” trophy. Also, a “People’s Choice”
award is presented to the best decorated outhouse and team costumes. The
outhouse races are from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and free to spectators.
The 46th Annual Big Bear
Chili Cook-Off is Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bartlett
Events Center located at 630 Bartlett Road in Big Bear Village. Admission is
free. Tasting kits can be purchased at the door for $5. To learn more about the
Big Bear Chili Cook-Off, the Outhouse Race or any other Old Miners Days events
visit www.OldMiners.org or call
442-243-1880. To make lodging
reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to www.BigBear.com or call 800-424-4232.
Old Miners Days:
Big Bear Valley is the site of Southern California’s largest gold
rush, and the folks of Big Bear Valley preserve their historic 19th
century heritage with month-long traditions and events, called Old Miners Days.
years the resort town has thrown this good old-fashioned hoedown, and
organizers promise this year’s Old
Miners Days to be bigger and better than ever. This year, Old Miners Days runs
a span of five weekends with a total of nine event days starting May 30 and
ending July 25, 2015. Old Miners Days activities entertain all ages and all
July 02, 2015