County park district plans chili cook-off Nov. 7

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Get your taste buds ready!

The Friends of Carroll County Parks are seeking cooks and taste-testers for the Carroll County Park District Chili Cook-Off Nov. 7 from 2:30-6 p.m. The winner will receive the coveted “golden ladle”.

The event will take place at Carroll Community Park, 1061 Salineville Rd., Carrollton. The Ohio State v. Rutgers football will be live-streamed. Chili and beverages will be served beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Cost is $5 for five voting tickets or $10 for unlimited tastings. Proceeds will help pay for special events and programs. A raffle for an M&P Shield M2.0 EZ 9mm will take place during the event. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

Those wishing to participate should bring one gallon of traditional red or home style chili in a crock pot. Traditional red contains any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked in red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. Beans and pasta are not allowed. Homestyle chili includes any kind of meat or combination of meats and vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. Beans are required.

For anyone wishing to compete in both categories, there is no additional charge for the second gallon. Extension cords, serving cups and bowls and picnic tables are provided.

Participants should name their chili (be creative) and must include a list of ingredients clearly printed or typed to  help avoid allergic reactions. Heat level should be listed as mild, warm or hot. Personal names are not permitted on chili.

Chili must reach 160 degrees at the barn, then reduced but must maintain 130 degrees. No home canned products may be used. Contestants must arrive between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Last day to enter is Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. 

For questions or more information, call the park district at 330-627-8046 or email

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