Metro-East Living

Grab your spoons and your bowls. It’s Chili Cook-Off time.

The Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 36th annual Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Public Square in downtown Belleville. The event will run 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. both days and include more than 60 vendors, live entertainment and other festivities.

Festival Schedule

Friday, Oct. 11

  • 11 a.m. Festival Opens
  • Noon Live music: Fanfare — sponsored by Memorial Hospital, on the Main Stage
  • 3:15 p.m. Chili judging — sponsored by Casino Queen, on the Main Stage
  • 4 p.m. Budweiser Clydesdale visit — sponsored by Grey Eagle Distributors, at the Biergarten at S. Illinois and Main streets
  • 6 p.m. Live music: Paint the Earth — sponsored by Sigman Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., on the Main Stage
  • 9:30 p.m. Souvenir stands and token booths close
  • 10 p.m. Beer stands close
  • 10:30 p.m.: Festival closes

Saturday, Oct. 12

  • 9 a.m. Chili Chase 5K Run/Walk
  • 11 a.m. Festival opens
  • 11 a.m. Children’s area opens — sponsored by Gateway Region YMCA, on South Illinois Street
  • 11:30 a.m. Live music — Belleville West Jazz Band on the Main Stage
  • 3 p.m. Live music — USAF Band of Mid-America-Starlifter on the Main Stage
  • 4 p.m. Children’s area closes
  • 5 p.m. Chili Cook-Off awards on the Main Stage
  • 6 p.m. Live music — Trixie Delight on the Main Stage
  • 9:30 p.m. Souvenir stands and token booths close
  • 10 p.m. Beer stands close
  • 10:30 p.m. Festival closes
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