Tag: International Chili Society

From Gold to Green: Old Miners Association Celebrates the Past, Encourages a Sustainable Future

Big Bear Lake, CA, May 4, 2014 – Mining engineer and American President Herbert Hoover once said, “The supreme purpose of history is a better world,” and a local non-profit is taking this to heart. As it celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year, the Old Miners Association will still pay tribute to Southern California’s largest gold rush but also get on board with the Green Movement. The organization is challenging the community to express what they believe a sustainable future will look like. The theme for the Big Bear Heritage Parade this June is “From Wagon Wheels to Smart Automobiles – Paving the Way to a Sustainable Future.” An award will go to the parade entry that best embraces this theme, which respects the heritage of Old Miners Days, while encouraging greater responsibility to the planet going forward. The International Chili Society’s Big Bear Regional Chili Cookoff might be nicknamed the “Green” Chili Cookoff this July. The Old Miners will take a step toward eco-friendly tasting kits, with plenty of recycling bins for the plastic tasting cups and spoons. Future cookoffs will use biodegradable and compostable alternatives, with a composting station at the event. Bicycle “hitching posts” will accommodate alternative modes of transportation, and kids can learn how to make their own paper using recycled materials at the “eco-craft corral”. Preference will be given to food vendors offering environmentally...

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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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Old Miners Chili Cook-Off In July

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 10, 2013 – This summer, Big Bear Lake will celebrate the 65th year of Old Miners Days events. The Old Miners Days Chili Cook-Off, sanctioned by the International Chili Society is coming up on Saturday, July 13. The fun includes more than 30 chili cooks, over 40 vendors, outhouse races, children’s area and live music, followed by bluegrass concert. The Chili event will take place from 10am to 6pm on July 13 at the Bartlett Lot in the Village of Big Bear Lake. Admission is free, and tasting kits are $5. For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, applications, and tickets to bluegrass event, visit the Old Miners Association...

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Chili Cookoff Hottest Event this Weekend

Big Bear’s chili cookoff this Saturday is set to be the spiciest event of the weekend.  Over 40 chili cooks are coming to Big Bear to compete with local cookers in this International Chili Society sanctioned cook-off, each hoping to be the winner and go on to the all-California competition.  Four categories will be judged: red chili, green chili, salsa, and people’s choice.  Last year’s winners are returning to defend their titles and hoping to take home some of the over $1,700 in cash prizes.  The public is invited to attend with free admission and a chance to judge the people’s choice entries.  In addition to the chili competition, the event includes more than 60 vendors, a beer garden, live entertainment, and a kid’s Fun Zone with bounce houses, a climbing wall, pony rides, face painting and much more.  The gates open at 10:00 am with the awards ceremony set for 4:30 pm for a full day of hot and saucy fun.  The event will be in the Bartlett parking lot behind the Big Bear Visitor Center, at 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake, CA. For more information go to:  http://bigbearchilicookoff.com [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30900.mp3|titles=Big Bear Chili Cookoff...

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