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Chilly Fest Heats Up Downtown in February

There is still time to sign up for the chili competition, ice bowling, or amateur ice carving competition.

With the Packers' season now officially over, we'll all have to wait until next year to claim bragging rights about the home team. However, if you need another outlet to earn some bragging rights and earn the title of champion, Chilly Fest may be a good alternative.

The fifth annual Chilly Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 in downtown Menomonee Falls. The event will include several competitions to stake your claim at the top spot. Professional and non-professional ice carvers will square off on Appleton Avenue and Main Street. Prizes will be awarded to both the pros and the amateurs.

The famous chili competition will be held at 11:00 am in a heated tent in the parking lot at Mill Pond Park. The competition will be judged by a panel of five judges, including your Menomonee Falls Patch editor. Samples of chili will be available when judging has been completed.

Additionally, goofy winter games will be on-going throughout the day at the park (maybe on the river) both for adults and children. Be sure to form a team and challenge foes in a match of ice bowling.

However, you cannot earn the title of champion in any of these events if you don't enter. Fortunately, there are still slots open and time to fill them. For entry forms for ice bowling, the chili competition, or a non-professional ice carving entry, visit the Village Centre online.   

The event will also feature live minnow races, demonstrations and other entertainment. Chili, hot dogs, beer, soda, hot-mulled wine, kettle corn, and more are also on the menu. 

The “Warm Up to the Arts” juried show on Main Street will also be held concurrently with Chilly Fest. For any further information, call Barb Watters at 262-251-8797 or visit the website.

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