August, 2021: The 41st annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival is set for Sept. 10 and 11 in historic downtown Wagoner. The weekend festivities will include multiple stages of FREE “pepper hot” concerts by national and regional artists. In addition to the free concerts, other musical entertainment highlights include: The “Junior Showcase” this showcase is designed to give talented youth 21 and under stage exposure and experience in a noncompetitive showcase. An acoustic guitar will be awarded by a drawing of all the participants. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some fancy dancing’ as dance groups “kick up their heels” during the festivities.
The Bluegrass & Chili Festival will SIZZLE with many other family activities. The Festival Street Market will include a wide variety of crafts, services and business showcases. Little buckaroos can find free activities at the children’s Kiddie Korral. The Open Car Show will give festival attendees an opportunity to see classic and current beauties, the Antique Tractor Show will offer a look back at what built America. There will also be rope making, blacksmithing and the kiddos can even milk a cow in the tractor show area. Other family fun includes inflatables and of course delicious food favorites. All these family activities will add spice to the weekend of family fun!
Don’t miss the Mid-America Regional Chili Cook-off Saturday the 11th. The International Chili Society Division winning cook in the traditional red division will represent the Festival in the World Cook-off in 2022 that boasts a $25,000 first prize. The Homestyle Division winner will also travel to the World Cook-off where they will vie for a $20,000 first prize.. All the cooking teams will compete for awards and prizes! Teams will vie for awards for best of show, the coveted ham-manship, open salsa honors and bragging rights for an entire year! Festival attendees can also sample the award- winning chili with an official taster kit Saturday!
The Festival opens at 4 p.m. Friday until
11 p.m. and Saturday festivities from
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For additional Festival information, entry forms and applications contact: Bluegrass & Chili Festival at bluegrasschilifest@gmail .com. Hotel information, festival updates and a complete list of festival partners at bluegrasschilifest.com or contact (918)485-2554. No event admission fee. Parking downtown can include free lots/spaces but some may require a fee for premium parking. Check the Festival website for any changes at bluegrasschilifest.com
Festival major sponsors: City of Wagoner, GRDA, Big Country 99.5, Wagoner Chamber, KOTV The News on 6, Downtown Wagoner and the Ft. Gibson Lake Association.
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