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Serious prizes for seriously good chile

The fourth annual Mountain Chile Cha Cha is just around the corner, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Town Park in downtown Pagosa Springs.

The Cha Cha includes a morning trail race for all ages and abilities, a green chile cook off and tasting and a free concert featuring two incredible dance bands, Quemozo and Nosotros. Both bands are guaranteed to have the crowd on their feet. 

The event is rain or shine with a covered stage and admission is free.

 Entries will be accepted for the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic cookoff through Friday, Sept. 18. If you would like to compete, contact Jacque at 264-4237 to arrange a time to drop off your entry at the Pagosa AdWorks office.

First place in Green Chile with Meat, Meatless Green Chile and Overall People’s Choice will win $200 each. Additionally, trophies and medals will be awarded to the top three entrants in each category.

If the judges and the people agree, one entrant could conceivably take home $400 in cash.

 If you think you make a great green chile, now is the chance to prove it and possibly take home some cash too. It’s just $5 per entry and you can enter both categories if you wish. Entry forms are available to download online at www.folkwest.com/chile.htm.

 The chile tasting will get underway at 1 p.m. on Sept. 26. Tasters are encouraged to put in their vote for the People’s Choice award.

Music starts at 1:30 p.m. with a  short break for the awards ceremony at 3:30.

 The Mountain Chile Cha Cha is produced by FolkWest, a Pagosa Springs-based nonprofit organization. For additional event information, call 731-5582.