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Spice up your life in Virginia City

For the Nevada Appeal

The fun heats up as Virginia City hosts the 27th annual Chili on the Comstock Regional Cook-off, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 8.

And it’s not too late to register to compete for the big prize.

To enter your chili or salsa, go to VisitVirginiaCityNv.com for rules and entry forms. All applications and fees must be received by May 1.

For more information or to inquire about vendor booths, call event coordinator Rich Crombie at 775-240-7958 or e-mail him at rich@planitbigevents.com.

Sanctioned by the International Chili Society and produced by Plan It Big Events, the day-long fun takes place in the heart of Virginia City, between Taylor and Union streets. C Street will be closed to through traffic from 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday.

Alternate routes will be clearly marked at either end of the town, and parking will still be available in all the usual places.

“We’ve set the cook-off up to be a street festival,” said Crombie, owner of Plan It Big. “This is something new, where we will have the booths and vendors set up between Taylor and Union streets and activities all day, to actively keep people engaged.”

Folks can purchase 10 tastes for $5, and there will be many awards given, including People’s Choice. In keeping with tradition, the Shoot and Holler contest will also be conducted.

Living Legends and Horse Thief Canyon Gunfighters will bring an air of Old West authenticity to the event. In addition, Zomboo will be visiting from Channel 8, and there will be live music, vendors, face painting, balloon animals and more. A pinata contest is also planned.

If that’s not enough, someone will have the chance to win a new 2010 Chevrolet 4×4 truck with the Red Hot Horseshoe Toss contest.