The 30th Annual Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-off attracted thousands of people to Mitchell Park Monday.
The annual celebration featured the heated chili competition as well as live music, line dancing, activities for kids and plenty of Independence Day revelry.
Shia Geminder, recreation supervisor for the City of Palo Alto, estimated there were between 7,000 and 8,000 people in attendance Monday.
Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa announced the winning chili teams following a blind chili tasting by a handful of judges that included Espinosa and Vice Mayor Yiaway Yeh; Palo Alto City Council members Pat Burt, Nancy Shepherd and Karen Holman; and Palo Alto Unified School District Board President Melissa Baten-Caswell and Vice President Camille Townsend.
And the winners are....
■ Curtis Berger Spirit Award: tie between Ada's Magical Bridges Chili and the Palo Alto Family YMCA
■ Best Decorated Booth: Elmo & the Old Quackers
■ First place: One Love Let's Get Together Moe & Tedd's Jerk Chili
■ Second place: Rich Chili
■ Third place: Lounge Lizard
■ First place: Cool Beans
■ Second place: Ada's Magical Bridge Chili
■ Third place: Palo Alto International Film Festival
■ Best overall chili: Cool Beans
■ Peoples choice: Ada's Magical Bridge Chili