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Chili with a Kick returns Feb. 25

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The Big Red Ball Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Little Rock Kickball Association, once again presents Chili with a Kick from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at Dickey-Stephens. Admission is $5; children under 12 get in free.

The main draw is a chili cook-off. Some 30 teams, vying for a number of awards, will offer samples on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Your idea of chili and my idea of chili might be quite different within Chili with a Kick's guidelines:

Chili is defined as any kind of meat or combination of meats (or vegetables) cooked with chili peppers, various other spices and other ingredients. So, that means beans and other fillers are allowed and encouraged! Vegetarian Chili entries are welcome!

Also on the schedule: a jalepeno eating competition that begins at 2 p.m. Because I thought they were entertaining, I stuck the rules on the jump (no lining the inside of your mouth with protective coating!).

For the kids (big and little), there'll be a bounce house, face painting, baggo and kickball. Plus, there's music scheduled all day.

11 a.m.: Suburban Legend
noon: War Chief
1 p.m.: Echo Canyon
2:45 p.m.: Whale Fire
3:45: The Year of the Tiger
5 p.m.: DNR
6 p.m.: Elise Davis (and band)
7 p.m.: Falcon Scott
8 p.m.: Booyah! Dad

ALSO: Stickyz hosts a kick-off party on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21) with music by Four on the Floor, Slick Norman, The Binary Marketing Show and Ezra Lbs. Starts at 6 p.m.

Contestants must be at least 18 years old.

Each contestant will receive a plate of whole, pickled jalapeno peppers. You may eat only one
pepper during the first minute. You must then eat as many as you can during the next two (2)
minutes, one pepper at a time. After time is called, contestants must then wait an additional 2
minutes before having anything to eat or drink.

Peppers must be eaten down to within 1/8 inch of the cap to be counted.

You will not be allowed any other foods or beverage during the contest. Participants must wait 2
minutes after the conclusion of time before consuming any other foods or beverages in order for
their peppers to qualify.

You will be disqualified should you be unable to keep peppers down within the 5 total minutes of
the contest.

You cannot coat the inside of your mouth with any kind of protective coating. Anyone caught doing
so will be disqualified.

The winner will be determined by the number of stems on the contestant’s plate after time has
been called. You will be allowed to finish any pepper remaining in your mouth when time is called.
Should there be a tie; contestants will be given an additional serving of peppers.

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