Burn your britches at this weekend's Chile & Frijoles Festival

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The Chile & Frijoles Festival is a sure sign of fall, so naturally here it comes this weekend for the 20th time to rock the downtown streets of Pueblo. Between Friday and Sunday, Sept. 19 to 21, folks will pay a $3 entrance fee and get to celebrate beans and heat like they haven't since, well, last year. Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Along with pinto beans, the festival celebrates the mirasol chile, called "Pueblo chile" by locals, which is probably better known in its dried form as the guajillo chile. Chilepeppermadness.com says the name means "'looking at the sun' in Spanish, which describes the way these peppers grow on the plant. ... The Mirasol varies in size and appearance, but it is conical in shape, and commonly 4-5 inches long, and about 2 inches wide. It is red to dark red, or copper in color."

Here's what to expect:
COURTESY GREATER PUEBLO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
  • Courtesy Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
Continuous Live Entertainment
The 20th Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival will feature continuous live entertainment throughout the 3 day festival. Four 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 4 entertainment tents include Pueblo Toyota Entertainment Tent (1st & Union), Pueblo Dodge, Chrysler & Jeep Entertainment Tent (1st & Grand), Pueblo Arts Alliance Entertainment Tent (D Street & Union) and Walter’s Brewery 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.

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. 

Chile Pepper Express Shuttle Service
Beat the parking hassle with 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 19th from 5pm-12am, Saturday the 20th from 11am-12am and Sunday the 21st from 11am-6pm every 15 minutes.

Boardwalk
Turn up the fun with a visit to the Boardwalk! A tradition of entertainment… for more than 100 years, boardwalks and amusement parks have refined the art of engaging fun for people of all ages. The boardwalk has integrated several fun activities all under one roof. Stop by and try your hand at the trivia wheel, bean bag toss, photo booths, and more. Fun prizes… and everyone wins! The boardwalk is located in El Pueblo History Museum Parking Lot.

The 2nd Rocky Mountain Mexican Folkloric Dance Competition
The Competition is Saturday, September 20th at 8:00am located in Pueblo Memorial Hall.
The Showcase Group – Ensamble Folklorico Mexicano de Monterrey, N.L. Mexico will take place Saturday, September 20th at 7:00pm also in Pueblo Memorial Hall. Tickets for each event are $10 and can be purchased by phone, 866.722.8844, online at www.pueblomemorialhall.com, or in person at the Pueblo Convention Center Box Office. Day of show tickets will be sold only at Pueblo Memorial Hall Box Office.

Chili & Salsa Showdown
The festival will heat things up with the Chile & Salsa Showdown. The food competition will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center. The commercial competition will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Winners of each category for the commercial entries will receive $500 along with bragging rights. Non-commercial will take place on Sunday, September 21, 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.

Bruja Brew Fest
The El Pueblo History Museum is hosting the Bruja Brew Fest in conjunction with the Chile & Frijoles Festival. The Brew Fest will take place Saturday, September 20th at 6:00pm at El Pueblo History Museum. Come and enjoy Colorado craft beers and ciders, street tacos, and live music by Mark’s Midnight Carnival Show! The tickets are $25 and include admission as well as a commemorative cup. Tickets will be available at the gate as well as at http://tinyurl.com/loas9c2. If you pre-order your ticket you will be allowed into the Chile & Frijoles Festival free of charge. Guests must be 21 or older.

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 21st at the Gold Dust Saloon, 217 S. Union Ave., in Pueblo’s Historic District. All entrants of 5K & 10K Run and 2 Mile Walk will receive a 2014 “Hot To Trot” T-shirt. Following the awards ceremony (at approx. 10am), entrants will be treated to a FREE breakfast (pancakes or huevos rancheros) at the Gold Dust. Breakfast can be purchased for your family and guests for $6. (Children 10 and under $4). Come out for a great run to help raise funds and enjoy the final day of the festival! For more information visit pueblochilefestivalinfo.com/events or contact Ruth McDonald at 719-251-3189.

Jalapeno Eating Contest
HOT! HOT! HOT! That is what participants of last year’s annual Jalapeno Eating Contest are saying. This year during the 20th Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival, 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, 1st place wins a $100, second place wins $50 and 3rd place wins $25. The competition will be held Sunday, September 21st at 4:00pm in the Pueblo Toyota Entertainment Tent at the festival.

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