Tag: Chili Cookoff

All Aboard the Old Miners Association!

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 26, 2014 – For 65 years, Old Miners Days have boosted Big Bear’s community pride and its economy. The Old Miners Association (OMA) is now gearing up for the 2014 calendar of events and is now recruiting new and returning members and sponsors. Membership levels range from $25 to $999 and offer a variety of benefits–from discounts on merchandise and event tickets, invitations to unique activities and the annual party, as well as chances to test out new educational programs before they are launched. Sponsorships are also available, starting at $1,000. This support not only helps produce entertaining events like the Heritage Parade, it financially benefits local businesses and individuals. As an example of how donations to OMA go back into the community, in 2013, the organization awarded two $1,000 college/training scholarships through the Miss Clementine & Lucky Baldwin Scholarship Contest, and produced the 42nd annual Chili Cookoff, an International Chili Society-sanctioned competition that draws thousands of tourists. The President of the Old Miners Association is a mining consultant who will be guiding efforts over the next few years to include multimedia exhibitions, interactive educational programs, and guided regional tours. Their future offerings also include educational programming for all ages to stimulate interest in mountain geology and the history of the Gold Rush in Holcomb...

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Summer Fun Continues With Chili Cookoff and Bluegrass Fest

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 9, 2013 – The Old  Miners Association of Big Bear Lake is hosting a weekend of family-friendly activities including the Big Bear Chili Cookoff on Saturday, July 13. Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, the cookoff returns to the Bartlett Lot in the Village from 10am to 6pm. There are chili competitions in several categories, live music, vendors, and children’s activities. Adults get to have fun, too, with the crowning of Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Stuff, as well as the afternoon outhouse races.  Admission is free, and chili tasting kits are only $5. Additional food and beer will also be available. Winning chili cooks advance to the world championships held in Palm Springs in October. Prizes will also be given for Best Decorated Booth, People’s Choice, and Best First-Time Cook. For more information on participating, go to the website or call Mark “Mr. Chili” Gaines at (909) 363-6592. The Old Miners Association also hosts the Big Bear Bluegrass Festival, starting on Friday, July 12 and running through Sunday, July 14. Friday night festivities feature a number of bluegrass bands playing at local venues, many free of charge. On Saturday night, there will be a ticketed concert at Big Bear Lake’s new concert venue The Cave. There will also be a Sunday morning bluegrass brunch and paddle wheel cruise aboard Miss Liberty, bluegrass workshops, and...

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