An Independence Day with flavor


Hundreds of eager chili eaters were on hand for the 29th annual Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off Sunday (July 4) at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

More than 20 teams with names such as "Top Gun Chili," "ElmoVille" and "Secret Mountain Laboratory" made heaps of hot chili and competed in a range of categories, from "Best Overall" to "Best Decorated Booth." The annual event drew families from throughout the Bay Area and featured live music by Blues at Eleven and line-dancing lessons courtesy of Hedy McAdams.

Photos by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

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Posted by People's CHOICE!!
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 6, 2010 at 7:13 pm

The most important award THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE Award!!! Goes to Palo Alto Fire Fighters!!!

And they had the longest line the whole day!!

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Posted by Andy
a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm

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Posted by Mayfield's Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

The hard working, ever ready Firefighters in Palo Alto know how to cook besides deal with fires!! And are physically fit from eating about you? !
(Too bad you missed out~)

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Posted by Steven P.
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:29 am

Great cook off this year - a lot of younger teams are making the event a little more lively. It was great to see the Top Gun team back this year, their chili was actually edible this time.

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Posted by JF
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

Elmoville was our moniker this year. Our given name is Elmo and the Old Quackers! ;-)

Hope to see you all next year! Great Day!

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