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Chili Cook-off draws thousands to Mitchell Park

Independence Day celebration included live music, chili competition

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

"Open" category

■ First place: One Love Let's Get Together Moe & Tedd's Jerk Chili

■ Second place: Rich Chili

■ Third place: Lounge Lizard

"Corporate" category

■ 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

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— Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by Vrrt
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The city is really missing out on a great marketing opportunity if they don't add some booths where local artists can show their wares to the chili tasters for next year. I mean seriously, who could resist going to the Palo Alto Artsy F@rtsy Festival? :)


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Posted by Vrrt, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, 3 hours ago

The city is really missing out on a great marketing opportunity if they don't add some booths where local artists can show their wares to the chili tasters for next year. I mean seriously, who could resist going to the Palo Alto Artsy F@rtsy Festival? :)

No Thank You!
Thats what we don't need. I don't want a to see another family event. Ruined by local, non locals. Setting up tents and tables to SELL their ideas of art ''Street Vendors''


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Posted by Olenka Villarreal
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm

THANK YOU to all who voted and enabled us to win the "People's Choice" and "Best Spirit" awards! As first-timers to the festival, we are so grateful that you loved our chili and loved our team. The people have spoken, so we'll be back next year!

Thanks and please join us on Facebook (Magical Bridge or www.magicalbridge.org)

Happy summer from all of us at Ada's Magical Bridge
(a collaboration between Ada's Cafe and the Magical Bridge Playground project)


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Posted by Alice Smith
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I arrived at 12 and discovered that the contest didn't start til 1.30. Not sure why you start long past the lunch hour. Long lines at the commercial food-sellers. I would start at 12 noon. It was very pleasant under the trees and the music was fun whilst I was there.


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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Can you please have the drink vendors sell bottled water next year.
My Mother had trouble dealing with the heat and we had to run all the way down to "The Watering Station" to fill small dixie cups to help her cool off.
If they can mix and serve Margaritas in plastic cups, they can serve water in plastic bottles.
Thanks for your consideration. Gus L.


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