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Chile and Frijoles Festival starts today in Pueblo

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The annual Pueblo Chile and Frijoles festival returns to Union Ave. Sept. 22- Sept. 24.

It's the 23rd annual event, which features food, music, arts and crafts and cooking competitions to celebrate harvest. KOAA is a proud sponsor of the event. Be sure to stop by and say 'hello' at our tent, get a souvenir photo in the KOAA-TV photo booth, and pick up some swag!

The festival begins Friday Sept. 22 at 3 p.m and goes until midnight. On Saturday it will be happening from 10 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday it opens at 10 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

Admission is $3 for adults, children 12 and under get in for free.

More information: http://festival.pueblochamber.org/

ME+3 (2 Day) Pass
Save big with a Me+3 (2Day) Pass sold exclusively at Pueblo Loaf ‘N Jug Locations for only $12. The Me+3 Pass is admission into the festival for 2 days for 4 people. A savings of $12! Pick up a pass at your favorite Loaf ‘N Jug location today!

Continuous Live Entertainment
The 23rd Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival Presented By Loaf ‘N Jug will feature continuous live entertainment throughout the 3-day festival. Five entertainments tents will be filled with local dance groups and local bands. Music aficionados can expect to sample genres including rock, folk, R&B, blues, tejano, original, pop and more in the lineup that will feature more than 40 local bands. The five entertainment tents include Pueblo Toyota Entertainment Tent (City Center & Union), Triple Crown Casinos Entertainment Tent (South Main St. & Alan Hamel), Wagner Rent Entertainment Tent (City Center & Grand), Pueblo Dodge, Chrysler Jeep RAM Entertainment Tent (D Street & Union) and Pueblo Chile Growers Association Entertainment Tent (C Street & Union). An additional Entertainment Stage will be located in the 300 block of Union Ave. on Saturday and Sunday of the festival featuring the Magic of "Mr. E" and Kyle Groves.  

Rusler Produce Frijoles Farmers Market
In the fields east of Pueblo on Business Hwy. 50, you can find every kind of pepper imaginable - from bell peppers to yellow wax peppers, sweet and hot Anaheim to jalapenos. But the most flavorful of them all is the Mira Sol Chile or Pueblo Chile as the locals refer to it. The festival is the perfect place to experience the flavor of these award-winning peppers as the farmers fire-roast their Chile and sample their products. While the Pueblo Chile is the star of the farmers’ market you can also purchase a wide variety of farm fresh produce while taking in the sights and sounds of Pueblo’s premier fall festival. The Farmers Market is sponsored by Rusler Produce, Inc.

Complimentary Shuttle Service
Beat the parking hassle with our FREE shuttle service! Park at the Midtown Shopping Center (1000 W. 6th Street) and catch the shuttle to the festival. The shuttle will drop riders in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) parking lot. The shuttle will run Friday the 22nd from 5pm-12am, Saturday the 23rd from 10am-12am and Sunday the 24th from 11am-6pm.

Chili & Salsa Showdown Sponsored By Black Hills Energy
The festival will heat things up with the Chile & Salsa Showdown Sponsored by Black Hills Energy. The food competition will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center. The commercial competition will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. Winners of each category for the commercial entries will receive $500 along with bragging rights. Non-commercial will take place on Sunday, September 24th, entries will be awarded prizes for the top three places; first place will receive $100, second place will receive $50 and third place will receive $25. Both commercial and non-commercial have three categories that will be judged including the best red chili, green chili and salsa. For more information please visit pueblochilefestivalinfo.com/events or contact the Chamber at 719.542.1704.

Hot To Trot 5K & 10K Run, 2 Mile Walk and Kiddie K
The Hot To Trot 5K & 10K Run, 2 mile Walk and Kiddie K, that will be held on Sunday, September 24th at the Gold Dust Saloon, 217 S. Union Ave., in Pueblo’s Historic District.  For more information contact Ruth McDonald at 719-251-3189. 

Jalapeno Eating Contest Sponsored By:  Colorado Lottery
HOT! HOT! HOT! That is what participants of last year’s annual Jalapeno Eating Contest are saying.  This year during the 23rd Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival Presented by Loaf 'N Jug, things are sure to be just as hot.  Individuals interested in competing in the Jalapeno Eating Contest can pick up entry forms at the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce booth (located on Union & Grand Ave.) at the festival. $1 entry fee per person and must be 18 years old to enter. 1st place wins a $100, second place wins $50 and 3rd place wins $25. The competition will be held Sunday, September 24th at 4:00pm in the Pueblo Toyota Entertainment Tent at the festival. 

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