A Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Time

Looking for a fun way to warm up this winter? Head over to MFA Oil’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Feb. 28. It’s a fun fundraiser for the whole family.

This year’s event marks the 10th anniversary of the cook-off, which raises money for the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia. This year, the event moves to its new home at the Holiday Inn Expo Center at 2200 I-70 Drive S.W.

You can tap your toes to some great live music as you sample all the chili you can eat, courtesy of competitors from more than 50 teams. Teams go all out, building elaborate booths and dressing up in costume to create a fun and festive atmosphere.

Some of the teams are relatively new to the cook-off, while others are old hands, highly experienced at this chili challenge.

See which team will take Grand Chili Champion, which will win Best Booth, and who will raise the most funds and win the Big Bowl Award. And be sure to vote for your favorite chili for the People’s Choice Awards. It’s all for a great cause — to benefit Columbia’s at-risk youth. Last year’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff raised $72,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia.

The Boys & Girls Club of Columbia serves nearly 200 youth every day after school. Club programs and services help instill a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Programs are diverse and range from building character and leadership to resisting gangs and drugs. The club provides tutoring and help with homework. Best of all, it is a place where kids feel safe and encouraged.

Tickets to the cook-off are $10 in advance or $12 at the door — admission includes all the chili you can eat. Kids younger than 5 eat free. To learn more, call 573-808-3141, email kerrie@bgc-columbia.org or visit www.rtchilicookoff.com.

2 to 6 p.m.
Feb. 28
Holiday Inn Expo Center
2200 I-70 Drive S.W.
$10/$12 at the door