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Otho chili cook-off is Saturday

OTHO — Attendees to the fourth annual Otho Betterment Committee chili cook-off will have a chance to test their skills on the softball diamond, watch children stuff their faces with pie, and of course, find out who has the best chili.

The cook-off is Saturday at the Otho city park. Cost is $5 for a bowl and a spoon.

“We are trying to start a bigger event for the fall season,” said Missy Ewing, president of the Otho Betterment Committee.

The festivities will start with a softball tournament at 8 a.m. A cornhole tournament will be held at 10 a.m.

Then at noon the kids will have a chance to dig into some pies.

“The kids’ pie eating contest is new,” Ewing said. “We always try to do something for kids to keep them entertained. The bouncy houses will be coming too and there won’t be any cost for kids to jump.”

Ewing said that’s thanks to various businesses and individuals who donated to get them.

Public tasting of the chili will be from 2 p.m to 4 p.m.

Ewing said usually there’s about eight teams set up.

“It’s a fun event for the community,” she said. “A lot of the older people like to come to it and see a lot of their friends. We get a lot of people from out of town. We have some vendors coming in. This year we will have two brothers (Travis Roach and Brandon Roach) cooking against each, so that will be interesting. They each have a team this year.”

To register as a team for the chili cook-off or for more information, contact Ewing at 515-829-0561 or email othobetterment@gmail.com.

If you go:

What: Otho Betterment Committee chili cook-off

Where: Otho city park

Cost: $5 for bowl and a spoon

Time: Public tasting Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Other events throughout the day include: softball tournament at 8 a.m., cornhole tournament at 10 a.m., and a kids pie eating contest at noon.

Awards presented for people’s choice and best decorated tent.

Cash payouts:

First place: $150

Second place: $100

Third place: $75