Washington Evening Journal
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Washington, IA 52353
Pine in the Park makes its return Friday, Oct. 8, with soups and chili served in Central Park from 6-8 p.m.
Beer will be served until 9 p.m.
Anyone can participate in the contest. Restaurants, non-profit groups, churches and individuals can all make chili or soup for the competition.
Main Street Director Lisa Oetken says that they're expecting to have 15 different soups and chili at the event.
Kat Zeglen was the previous winner for best chili. Miss K’s tied with Whiteney Rogers, who represented Edward Jones, for best soup.
Oetken is happy the event can return this year after missing out on it last year.
"I think it's really nice that we're able to have the event this year," Oetken said. "I think it helps that most of Main Streets' events are outside. I think the community looks forward to this kind of event. It's always very well attended."
The band Whiskey Friends will be playing at the event until 9 p.m.
Chili will be judged based on its color, aroma, texture, flavor and spiciness.
The soup and chili are all you can eat, but it's not free. The entry fee is $10 for adults, $5 for children 14 and under, and children 5 and under free.