Wauwatosa's Chili'n on the Avenue features more than chili
There are other things in the mix for different tastes
Wauwatosans can grab their sample cups and taste some chili at the fourth annual Chili'n on the Avenue chili contest and street fair Sept. 14.
The chili'n takes place on North Avenue between 68th Street and Lefeber Avenue. The event is hosted by the East Tosa Alliance, which had to push the date back to September due to the East Tosa Gran Prix.
"When we postponed it this year, people asked when it was going to be so, aside from being a fundraiser, it's a great street festival," said Karri Trait, special events chairwoman for the East Towne Alliance.
This year will see more festivities, including free yoga in the street at 9 a.m. followed by a bloody mary competition between four bars — Bel Air Cantina, Il Mito, Sherbrooke and Cranky Al's. The bloody mary competition will cost $5 per five-ounce glass and participants will be entered to win a gift basket.
The chili cook-off will follow at 1 p.m. Nationally sanctioned by Chili Appreciation Society International, the cook-off is judged by 30 criteria that are incorporated into a computer program provided by CASI to determine the winner. There will be 15 judges, including Wauwatosa Mayor Kathleen Ehley and other elected officials.
The winners will be able to go on to compete in larger competitions. They will receive a gift basket and trophy as well.
Chili samples will be offered for $1 per ticket. All money raised at Chili'n on the Avenue will go to the East Tosa Alliance.
Wauwatosa talent will be performing in many forms throughout the day. Tosa Skateboarders United will have a ramp jam, the Roosevelt Mad Hot Ballroom Dancers will dance, and Wauwatosa music teachers Will Ulrich and Andy Pforr will play music at the 72nd Street stage.
A marketplace will be set up along North Avenue, with Wauwatosa businesses, local craft vendors, a beer garden and other forms of entertainment featured throughout the day.
During the day, the Neighborhood Association Council will announce their book selection for the all-city book read.
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