Pawhuska Merchants Association plans on plenty of chili Saturday

Robert Smith
Mary Kay Warren shows off a quilt that will be among items raffled Saturday at the Pawhuska Merchants Association’s annual block party in support of the public school system. Proceeds from the event are donated to teachers to pay for classroom supplies. Robert Smith/Journal-Capital

If you’re a chili fiend, the Ag Building at the Osage County Fairgrounds might be the place for you this Saturday.

The Pawhuska Merchants Association is raising money to support classroom instruction in the community’s schools, and it’s holding a block party from 3-6 p.m. Cooking and eating chili will be core activities for this block party.

Cheryl Potts, one of the organizers, said there will be two categories of chili competition — one category will be a CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) sanctioned competition that will involve following a strict set of rules; the other category will be a less-structured “homestyle” competition. Competitors in the homestyle category will be eligible to win a People’s Choice trophy.

The admission fee for the block party is $5, and attendees will receive tasting kits so they can sample chili being cooked during the competition. Additionally, tickets will be sold for $3 apiece to folks who would like to eat Frito-Chili pie. Potts said chili will be prepared, over and beyond the competition chili, to make it possible for guests to satisfy their appetites.

She said that chili competition entries will be accepted as late as this Saturday, which is the day of the event. If you need to get your chili cooking entry added to the list, call Potts, who is with the Million Dollar Inn, at 918-850-1006, call Lyndell Malone at the Osage Laundry at 909-228-5298, or call Mary Kay Warren at 918-331-6626.

In addition to plenty of chili, there will be gift items available for raffle, there will be live music provided by the Prairie Moon Band, and there will be carnival games for the children.

Oh, and if you need something sweet for your palate after all that chili, baked goods will be for sale, as well.