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Chili Cookoff to Heat up Cloudcroft

More than 40 cooks from across the Southwest will compete for top prizes at the third annual Cloudcroft Chili Cookoff July 18 at Zenith Park.

The competition begins at 11:30 a.m. with cups of chili going on sale at 2 p.m., said Mike Cook with New Mexico State University's Rural Economic Development Through Tourism program.

REDTT, which is part of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service, promotes agriculture through tourism.

The chili cookoff is a great chance to escape the heat and enjoy the cooler weather in Lincoln National Forest, while sampling some of the best chili in this part of the country, Cook said.

People who save room for dessert will be in for a real treat, he said. An ice cream-making contest will take place after the cookoff.

Cloudcroft natives and people from the surrounding area will be making delicious homemade ice cream that you can buy to cool off after you've tasted the chili, Cook said.

Admission to the cookoff and tasting is free. A cup of chili will cost $2 and ice cream will be $1.

For more information about the event, call Randy Michael or Lisa Schrader with the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce at (505) 682-2733.