What better to spice up the fair than a chili cook-off?
Members of the Chili Appreciation Society International and others will compete for the society’s Idaho State Championship at the fairgrounds next Saturday.
Two dollars lets you dip into all the chili you want.
“Just go up and down the line until you’re full,” said Gene Reynolds, the Coeur d’Alene club’s Great Pepper (president).
Your two dollars will go to a good cause. The chili-heads have been cooking for charity in the Coeur d’Alene area since 1980. The club’s beneficiaries include the Shriners Hospital and the Wishing Star Foundation.
Look for cook-off chefs to your left as you enter the fairground’s north gate. Judging will begin at 3 p.m.
Those who don’t like it quite so hot will find a glut of other tasty treats throughout the fair’s five days.
The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce Commodores, the Kootenai County Saddle Club and the Mica Flats Grange will grill up traditional burgers.
Feeling adventuresome? Try a buffalo burger by White’s Concessions or Sheep Producers’ lamb burger.
Dawg-lovers can choose from German sausages roasted by the Coeur d’Alene Lions Club or the 4-H Leaders’ Council, New York-style Italian sausages by G.E. Catering, Coney dogs and hot dogs by Knights of Columbus and hot dogs by Orange Julius.
Road Ranger Bar-B-Que and Southern Style Ribs each will smoke up some savory barbecued items, which you can supplement with beer kabobs and baked beans by Elkness Catering.
For more ethnic fair fare, try Senor Froggy’s Mexican food, giant chicken fajitas by Dee Jay Concessions, and burritos by Montalada Company or Orlando’s Mexican Food. Spokane Catering offers teriyaki chicken breasts, and Dominos can satisfy that pizza craving.
Once you get to dessert (or simply decide to skip the rest), the fair is sugar heaven.
Choose from cinnamon rolls, floats and sundaes scooped by Calvary Lutheran Church, elephant ears by the Over the Hill Gang, Lil’ Orbit Mini-Donuts, or caramel apples by Spokandy.
Hawaiian Shaved Ice will pour espresso, and the North Idaho College Booster Club will provide beer to wash it all down. Look for the beer garden at the south end of the grandstand.