By Susan A. Neufeld


Big Bear Lake, CA – The heat is on as the 2017 Big Bear Old Miners Association is hosting its annual international Chili Society Chili Cook-off.

On Saturday, July 15, the Chili Cook-off starts at 10 a.m. in the Bartlett Street Parking lot. The festivities include chili cooks, vendors, outhouse races, and a children’s game area. There will be wild west shows, live music, and, of course…plenty of chili.

Two People’s Choice chili contests will be held during the cook-off.  Local restaurants will compete for bragging rights, and a perpetual trophy provided by Kirby’s Custom Carvings during the “Best Local Restaurant” contest, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The ICS chili competition begins at noon with cooks competing for a $150 prize.

Chili tasting kits will be available for $5, to indulge in all those great bowls of fire.

Admission to the Old Miners Big Bear Chili Cook-off is free.

The world-class contestants will be preparing red chili, Chili Verde, and homemade salsa for judging. It’ll be a flaming hot time, and besides the chili tasting, there will be food and a beer gardens, and numerous vendors offering a wide variety of gift items and souvenirs for sale.

Live musical entertainment will play throughout the day on the Big Bear Lake City Stage.



Those looking for something different can place their bids on the fastest “People-Powered-Potty in the West” during the annual Outhouse Races. The races will begin at 1 p.m. The driver is mounted on the throne and has to have a roll of paper on hand as they negotiate the treacherous race course. The championship team is awarded the coveted, “Golden Outhouse” trophy, as well as gift certificates.  There is a people’s choice award for “Best Decorated Outhouse.”



For more information contact Henry Moreno at (442) 243-1880 or email dizzyjbear@gmail.com.

Check out the Old Miners Association web site at: http://www.OldMiners.org.

The Annual Outhouse Races will be staged between 1:30 and 4 p.m. (Photo by Old                             Miners Association)