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New Castle holiday chili cook-off, mac-and-cheese competition, tree lighting ceremony Dec. 2

Chili contestants representing Hogback Pizza participate in the 2021 cook-off in New Castle.
Courtesy/Rochelle Firth

Nothing like a hot bowl of chili on a cold winter’s day.

New Castle ushers in the holiday season this year with a tasty chili cook-off and tree lighting ceremony next week. The event also includes live music, fire pits, a mac-and-cheese competition, beer garden, photos with Santa Claus and more.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Burning Mountain Park, 450 W. Main St., in downtown New Castle, Town Administrator David Reynolds said.



“This annual event brings together the community to enjoy one final town-hosted event before the end of the year,” he said. “As an added treat this year we are adding a mac-and-cheese competition to the event.” 

New Castle uses this event to accrue enough capital to enhance holiday decor around town and to support future holiday chili cook-offs. For the 2021 event, there were 270 participants in the chili cook-off and an estimated additional 150 attendees for an estimated $1,500 in profit.



Attendees sample chili during last year’s cook-off in New Castle.
Courtesy/Rochelle Firth

New Castle Recreation Coordinator Kelley Cox said the event is the perfect kickoff “for our little town.”

“It is a chance for all of us to come together to enjoy music, Santa, good food and the Christmas spirit with our neighbors and friends,” she said.

Tickets for the chili cook-off and mac-and-cheese competition can be purchased in advance at newcastle.com, with adult tickets $10 and kids $5.

Any interested chili and mac-and-cheese cooks interested in competing in this year’s event can contact the New Castle Recreation Department at 970-984-2311.

SCHEDULE

  • Chili cook-off competition: 5:30 p.m.
  • Mac & cheese competition: 5:30 p.m.
  • Elk Creek Elementary Choir performance: 6 p.m.
  • Holiday tree lighting ceremony, hosted by New Castle Mayor Art Riddile: 7 p.m.
  • Holiday music, hosted by Two Rivers Productions: all evening
  • Fire pits: all evening
  • Hot chocolate: all evening
  • Photos with Santa, hosted by Samantha Gates, photography, sponsorship by EMBRYN Keller Williams Colorado West Realty: all evening
  • Beer garden sales: all evening
IF YOU GO

What: New Castle holiday chili cook-off, mac-and-cheese competition, tree lighting ceremony

When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: Burning Mountain Park, 450 West Main St.

How much: Tickets for the chili cookoff and mac-and-cheese competition can be purchased in advance at newcastle.com, with adult tickets $10 and kids $5

 


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