Friday, August 24, 2001

Chili, car show looking for some riverfront magic




By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Hot chili and hot cars will vie for attention Sundayat the annual Kentucky State Chili Cook Off and Car Show, moving this year from Monmouth Street to the riverfront just below the Newport Aquarium.

        “We think the event will be as successful as ever on the river,” said Newport City Manager Phil Ciafardini. “It was necessary to move this year because Monmouth Street is in the midst of a major streetscape project and much of the sidewalk is still under construction.”

        In the past, the chili cook-off and car show was held on Monmouth between Sixth Street and 11th Street, with hot rods and custom cars lining both sides of the street and the chili cooks making their concoctions in the block between Eight and Ninth streets.

        This year, it will occupy the same space as three other events this summer:

        • Italianfest.

        • Newport Arts & Music Festival.

        • The Great Inland Seafood Fest.

        Mr. Ciafardini said each of those events was extremely successful at the riverfront venue.

        The chili cook-off and car show runs noon-5 p.m. The chili will be judged beginning about 3:30 p.m., and the winner will advance to the International Chili Society world championship chili cook-off in Las Vegas.

        New to the competition this year is a chili verde (green chili) contest.

        First-place prize in the regular chili contest is $300. The first-place winner in the chili verde contest will receive $200. Trophies will be awarded in a variety of classes for the car show.

        Admission is free and there is ample parking within walking distance.

       



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