A bigger, bolder Chili Cook-Off is being brewed up for the 2008 Jackson County Harvest Fair, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 -28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Jackson County Fairgrounds & Expo Park in Central Point. The Chili Cook-Off is sponsored by E&G Catering.
This year, the Chili Cook-Off is split into two separate divisions – "amateurs" and "professionals" – with both winners taking home a $500 prize. Second and third place winners will also win prizes, including aprons and other merchandise. Both divisions can feature either individuals or teams of up to four people.
Saturday is for "amateurs" and begins with set-up at 8 a.m and public
tasting starting at 2 p.m. The winner is chosen by popular vote, and
showmanship, table presentation, themed clothing, and other fun
decorations all factor into the final decision.
brings in the pros, which can be restaurants, caterers, chefs, or
others. As of Sept. 16, seven contestants signed up, with a limit of 10
spots available. Again, public tasting begins at 2 p.m., but with the
professional division, three judges will determine the winning entry.
wanting to sign up for the Chili Cook-Off needs to do so by Sept. 24.
Applications are available at the fair office, or by calling Janet
Wittmaack at 941-2454 or 472-9039, or the Fair office at (541)
774-8270. Applications are also online at www.jcfairgrounds.com. Once
on the site, click on "2008 Harvest Fair Forms" and then "Harvest Fair
Chili Cook-off Entry Form." There is a $25 entry fee. Rules are also
available on the website.
Other highlights of the Harvest
Festival include: draft horse pull competition; Southern Oregon
Brewfest; Australian Shepherd-sanctioned stock dog trials (doesn’t have
to be an Australian Shepherd to enter); dog eye and ear clinics (please
keep your dog on a leash); Dave Nourie BMX performances; the Jackson
County Stockmen’s Club Calf Sale and Heifer Futurity; Cargill Fitting
Clinic by Frank Ward; Grape Stomp; Dancing Morgans trick horses; Wild
Rogue Pro Rodeo Drill Team; free paintball competition; growers market
with fruits and vegetables; Dutch oven cooking; Annie the Clown; 4H
Scavenger Hunt; pumpkin carving and painting; hot rod and custom car
show; and over 500 arts and crafts open entries.
can also enjoy a variety of wine and food, including international food
favorites, Cajun, Mexican, Asian, Italian, American and bakery
A live music festival will be held on the
Harvest Fair Stage throughout the weekend, featuring acts that include
Jason Johnston, the Rhythm Kings and Rogue Suspects.
Gate admission is $6 for adults and free for kids 12 and under; parking is also free.