Chili cook-off Oct. 13 to benefit skate park project in Owensville

A chili cook-off scheduled Saturday, Oct. 13, will benefit a proposed Owensville skate park being developed in Memorial Park.

The event is planned from 2 to 6 p.m. on the Maciejewski parking lot at 610 East Highway 28 and includes a bounce house and face painting for the children.

There will be a 50/50 raffle opportunity and a raffle to win the chance to shave Police Chief Robert Rickerd’s head at 4:30 p.m.

You may also make a donation to have the chance to throw a pie in the face of Owensville Middle School eighth-grade science teacher Tony Terry, Owensville Elementary School’s teacher Derrick Tyree, and John Gaska, vice president of the Owensville Park Board. Other candidates for the event will be announced when they are confirmed.

A corn hole tournament is also planned and there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and water for sale.

All proceeds will go toward the skatepark.

There is a $50 grand prize in the chili contest. There is no entry fee.

Individuals or businesses entering the contest are asked to provide four quarts of their chili and their own table and serving equipment.

Tasting begins at 2 p.m. 

Those adults tasting chili will be tasked with casting up to five votes for their favorite entries with a $5 donation. Children can participate for a $3 donation. A souvenir mug for the event is available for a $10 donation.

The Franklin County Roller Derby Girls are scheduled to make an appearance.

All donations are tax deductible and are being held by the Owensville Area Community Foundation.

A registration form for the chili cook-off is available by contacting Kyla Walters at 573-680-9742 or via email at

Walters is spearheading the parents’ group raising funds for the project on behalf of the Owensville parks system at Park Board.