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Chili Cook-Off & Hoopla Parade

Saturday, September 23rd | 10am - 6pm
Historic Downtown Urbana, Ohio

8am - Fire engine signals the start of the Cook-Off
11am - Beer Garden opens, Salsa Judging
Noon - Hoopla Parade begins
1pm - Children's Area & Dunk Tank open
1:30pm - Live music begins
2pm - Chili sampling begins - vote for People's Choice
2:30pm - Corn Hole Tournament begins
3pm - Suck, Chew, Blow contest begins
3:30pm - Pepper Eating contest begins
4:30pm - Announcement of Winners

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The Highlights of the Chili Cook-Off

Established in 2006,  The Simon Kenton Chili Cook-Off and Hoopla Parade always takes place on the 4th Saturday in September. The family-friendly event has activities for the children and the adults, so no one will be bored. Rain or Shine, it's always a good time! Attendance and parking at the street festival is free.  Visit the event's official website and online scrapbook of past Cook-offs for more information and photos.


Enter the cooking or eating contests yourself or enjoy as a spectator. Sample chili from the upwards of 25 cooks facing off, and cast your vote for your favorite.

Try out other food options such as local restaurants, food trucks, and other food vendors that will be on site.  Visit the beer garden for a drink to wash it all down.


Get caught up in the fun atmosphere of a small town street festival. From the hoopla parade to the dunk tank to the corn hole competition, this is classic Americana. You don't want to miss it!

Bring the kids, listen to the live bands, vote for your favorite chili, and maybe even partake in a pepper eating contest.


Browse the booths of over 30 vendors for unique and cool finds. Visit the locally owned retail shops that anchor the Square with their reputation for fine antiques, vintage decor, and clothing.

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Chili Cook-Off Application

Reserve your spot now!

Cook-off entry fee until September 10: $25
Cook-off entry fee until September 10: $50

Prize for 1st place: $1000, 2nd place: $500, 3rd place: $300, 4th place $200, 5th place: $100, People's Choice: Bragging Rights.

Prize for Best Booth Prize 1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50

Salsa Cook-Off Application

You make it, we'll taste!

Entry is free. Just make your salsa in advance, drop off entries and entry form between 10:30 and 11am on the day of the Cook-Off.
Winners will be announced at 1:30pm. Must be present to win.

Prize for 1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50

Hoopla Parade Registration

Walk, March, Float or Rollerskate!

Register your business or group to participate in the parade. Entry is free. Parade begins at noon.

Vendor Application

Join the Celebration!

All booth spaces are 10' by 10' and booth reservation fees are as follows:
Commerical food vendors: $75, Regular vendors: $25, Non-profit vendors: $15.

Applications due by September 10th.