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BRITT | October is a busy month for the Britt Chamber of Commerce.

That’s because the month is host to three of its popular events: annual chili cook-off, Harvest Hoedown and Treats on the Streets.

“It is a very busy time, but everybody is so supportive,” said Val Quayle, graphic designer at Gifts Sew Sweet Print Shop, a chamber member. “People really like fall.”

Annual chili cook-off

There will be more food to enjoy at the chamber’s annual Chili, Salsa and Baked Goods Cook-Off this year.

The event – in its 14th year – will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at the West Hancock Elementary School and feature a variety of chili, soup or stew as well as salsa and baked goods for members of the community to taste and judge.

“It’s been chili for 13 years, so we just decided to change it up a bit,” said Christie Hobscheidt, one of the event’s organizers about expanding the cook-off to soups, stews and all baked goods.

When the event started, it was chili and cinnamon rolls, a combination Hobscheidt and others often enjoyed growing up, and the chamber decided to add salsa several years ago to accommodate individuals in the community who made salsa or enjoyed eating it.

Individuals who come to taste during the event will receive a bowl, a spoon and tickets to vote for the chili, soup, salsa and baked goods they like best.

“You do get to eat a lot, so come hungry,” she said. “There are so many different varieties. You never know what you’re going to get.”

Hobscheidt said the cook-off is held before the last home football game of the season, so it’s usually “well-attended by the community.”

To attend, it costs $5 for individuals 5 and older and $2 for children 4 and younger. Proceeds from the event will go to the Britt Food Bank.

Hobscheidt said the chamber is still looking for individuals, or businesses, to compete in the event. Entries are limited to the first 18 received.

Entry forms are available at First State Bank, The Cobbler Shoppe and Pritchard Auto.

Harvest Hoedown

Downtown Britt will be the place to be on Oct. 18.

That’s when the fifth annual Harvest Hoedown will return with participating businesses, including stores and restaurants, staying open until 7 p.m.

“Everybody has really awesome deals,” Quayle said.

She said the event allows in-town and out-of-town residents who work during the day the opportunity to patronize the downtown stores during the expanded hours.

Each participating business has its own set hours and sales, but Quayle said Gifts Sew Sweet will have “lots of crazy in-store deals and giveaways” and Mary Jo Hobo House will have a bake sale breakfast special and others.

A flyer featuring the participating businesses and restaurants will be released closer to the event.

Treats on the Street

Children – and guardians – are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes and participate in the annual Treats on the Street in downtown Britt on Saturday, Oct. 27.

The event, which involves trick-or-treating to participating businesses along Main Avenue, will take place from 9 to 11 a.m.

Amy Madson, one of the event’s organizers, said in years’ past about 13 local businesses have participated in the event and handed out candy.

“That’s how fun it is,” she said.

The chamber will have full-size candy bars and a photo opportunity for children and families at Britt City Hall, 170 Main Ave. S., during the event.

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Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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