The air is thin, the chili thick

Courtesy Kirkwood

The 18th annual Thin Air Chili Cook-Off is on Sept. 1 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Village Plaza at Kirkwood. The event, sponsored by the Kirkwood Community Association, features the region’s top chili makers, beer and wine tasting and a Kid’s Zone with face painting, a bounce house, games and arts and crafts. Live music will be supplied by the Wesley Orsolic Band. Chili, beer/wine tasting kits include a commemorative glass and cost $35 for adults age 21 and older. Chili tasting kits without beer and wine tasting are $20.

Purchase tickets on the Village Plaza on the day of the event. Cash prizes awarded for Best Chili, Crowd Favorite and Best Booth. The proceeds will benefit the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department and Kirkwood Rescue Avalanche Dog Foundation. | www.thekca.org