Fun, Music, and World Class Chili at Rock Creek's Chili Fest in Superior, Colorado.
This year's Chili Fest (which was the 10th annual) more than made up for the cold, rainy day we had at last year's competition. For the town of Superior, Colorado it was a welcomed distraction. A time of remembering. A time of moving forward. A time to be grateful that things didn't turn out worst (when you consider that parts of the city Boulder had been on evacuation alert just a couple of days ago).
The fires in Four Mile Canyon are 70% contained (as of last night). We also all remember and acknowledge the date of 9/11 and everything it now means. As Hazel Miller (the musical headliner) mentioned just before she started to sing, we need to remember, but we can't let the threat of terrorism control us (I paraphrase).
Community Park in Rock Creek was very festive with activities for the kids, a chance for neighbors to get together, local vendors, music for all, and, yes of course, some great chili. Many different flavorful green chili varieties. An entire spectrum of flavor in the red chili categories. As flavorful or as spicy as you would want.
In addition to the local restaurants also came out to compete. Once again the Rock Mountain Fire Department was voted best in this category. If those guys ever gave up their day job (which I hope they wouldn't – their service to the community is invaluable), they could probably make a go at a successful restaurant.
Earlier in the afternoon the Delta Sonics serenaded the crowd with some awesome foot-tapping blues. Later in the afternoon the Hazel Miller band took the stage and mesmerized the audience with their blend blues, jazz, pop, and gospel. Living in this area I find that I need my “Hazel fix” at least monthly. Fortunately for me Hazel is very accessible and makes it easy to enjoy a great night out.
All proceeds from ticket and beer sales at this year's Chili Fest went towards supporting the Boulder County Incident Management Team.
A big thanks to all of the event volunteers, competitors, the bands, the Town of Superior, and the Rock Creek Community. I'm still smiling from the after-effects of a fun afternoon (my tummy was pretty happy, too!).
If your interested in learning more about the Superior Colorado or Louisville Colorado area, I invite you to contact me. Even if your not in the housing market. This is an amazing area and I love sharing things about it - I can give you an insider's look into the area, as only a “local” can.