Harvest Pumpkin Festival features chill cook-off

The contest will be held Oct. 11 at the IPE’s horticulture building beginning at 10 a.m.

Armstrong’s 14th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival will feature a chili cook-off in addition to the other annual festivities.

The contest will be held  Oct. 11 at the IPE’s horticulture building beginning at 10 a.m.

There are two categories of competition:

n Amateur chefs who will vie for the Harvest Pumpkin Festival Chili Champ crown;

n Professional chefs who will vie for the Harvest Pumpkin Festival Top Chef crown while raising money for community events in the open chili tasting.

Contestants will set up between 10 and 11:30 a.m., with judging at noon.

Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in each category – bragging rights are good for the whole year.

Following judging, for a charitable donation of $2, onlookers and participants will receive a cup and spoon to sample up to two chili entries.

Entry forms are available at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce or online www.aschamber.com or www.facebook.com/armstrong100 .

“The Harvest Pumpkin Festival celebrates arts, culture and families and has grown from a one day event to a festival spanning the month of October that features fun for everyone,” said Patti Noonan, executive director of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce.

“It includes demonstrations, treats, entertainment, lawn tractor racing, pumpkin catapult, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, games, family dance and more.”

For more information on the 14th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival, visit www.aschamber.com or e-mail staff@aschamber.com.