Always held the last Sunday in August at Josten Park in Bellevue, the Chili Cook-Off is our major fundraiser. We have a live band, bucket raffles, food for the whole family...and, of course, CHILI!
We have contestants who arrive early to prepare chili on-site. Later in the day, the public can sample all the different chili and vote on their favorites. We give out three awards: People's Choice, Judge's Choice, and Best in Show. Winners of the chili awards receive money, trophies, and bragging rights! If you want to be a contestant (and who wouldn't---it's fun!), contact us for more information or download our contestant form and rules.
Added in the last couple of years, we now have a marketplace area where vendors can set up their booths. It's always such a joy to see the creative ways that people make a living. If you're interested in a vendor booth, please fill out the application form and send it in. Spots are limited, so act now! If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd be happy to provide you with more information!
Auction Food Sales
As a weekly fundraiser, we members of the Bellevue East Town Optimist club serve food at Massart Auctioneers. Serving popcorn, hamburgers, candy, and soda to all those hungry auction bidders is fun work. All proceeds benefit the St. Jude's Children's Hospital and area youth activities. (As a bonus, we can see all the great stuff that people bid on...and, okay, we can't resist a bid every now and then either!)