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March 7, 2018
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Chilly, Blues & Brews is a free "family friendly" event at the The B.O.B. downtown. Courtesy The Gilmore Collection

An upcoming chili cook-off, live blues and beer event downtown is aimed at raising funds for skin cancer research.

The sixth-annual Chilly, Blues & Brews is set to run from 1 p.m. on March 24 to 2 a.m. on March 25 at The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids, at 20 Monroe Ave. NW.

The free-admission and “family friendly” event is being produced by The B.O.B., WLAV FM and the MSU Gran Fondo.

More than 50 teams of people will compete in a chili cook-off and hot pepper-eating contest, and the event will also feature live blues, Michigan craft beer and more.

Each entry in the chili cook-off must incorporate a Michigan craft beer as one of the ingredients.

The winner of the chili cook-off will receive $1,000 in prizes, funded by The Gilmore Collection, and the 2018 Golden Ladle Trophy.

Teams can also win awards in various categories, such as the best vegetarian/vegan chili, spiciest chili and best-dressed team.

Attendees may purchase chili samples during the cook-off for 50 cents apiece.

A portion of the proceeds from all tasting sales will benefit skin cancer research through the MSU Gran Fondo.

Schedule

1 p.m.: chili tasting (open to the public)

3 p.m.: hot chili pepper-eating contest (18 and older)

Noon to 2 a.m.: live music at H.O.M.E., B.O.B.’s Brewery, Bobarino’s and Eve

More details about the event are online.

The Gilmore Collection

Established in 1978, The Gilmore Collection is a dining, hospitality and entertainment company serving West Michigan and Colorado.

In West Michigan, the company operates a number of locations, such as The B.O.B., Flat River Grill and Rose’s on Reeds Lake.

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