Fall Fest offers its Chili Cook-off and entertainment in Homewood

  Homewood's annual Chili Cook-off is a popular 
  event at Fall Fest. Proceeds from the public tasting
  will benefit the H-F High School choir's spring trip
  to Italy. 
  (Chronicle file photos)


Homewood will celebrate the change of seasons with its annual Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off Saturday, Sept. 29.
  Diana Grayson, left, and
  Vivan Harris-Jones, members
  of the Homewood
  Beautification Commmittee,
  pose with the committee's
  scarecrow at the 2017 
  Fall Fest Scarecrow Contest. 

The party starts at 11 a.m. and continues through 10 p.m. with events, the chili tasting and serving, and outstanding musical entertainment. There also will be horse drawn wagon rides between 6 and 9 p.m., and the movie “Coco” will be shown at dusk.
The village and its Beautification Committee are hosting the fourth annual Scarecrow Contest. Judging will be at 11 a.m. and the winners will be announced at noon with cash prizes awarded to the first, second and third place winners and a people’s choice honoree. 
  Fall Fest always includes 
  lots of music ...

Contestants can show off their creativity and help beautify the homes and downtown area where the scarecrows will be on display. Forms used to make the scarecrow are available at village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road.
  ... and kids dancing. 
This year’s Chili Cook-off will be judged in two categories: amateur and professional. Samplings will be offered and proceeds will benefit the Homewood-Flossmoor High School choir, which is raising money for the spring trip to northern Italy. Contest applications are available at village hall, or at homesweethomewood.com.
Bring on your best Chili recipe in Homewood’s very own Chili Cook-off. There will be two judging categories: Armature and Professional. Proceeds from the Chili Cook-off tasting will benefit HF High School Choir traveling to Italy this spring to perform. Download your application Here or pick up your application at Village Hall. Awards are 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50 and Professional $100.
Kids will enjoy the inflatable maze and bounce house available from 1 to 4 p.m. Magician Steve Belliveau will entertain from 2 to 4 p.m., and the pumpkin patch will be open from 4 to 6 p.m.
The stage will have a full rotation of musical guests:  
  • 11 a.m., the Ayodele Drum and Dance group performs African drum and dance selections from a feminine perspective.
  • 1 to 3 p.m., The Spaniels Forever, an American R&B doo-wop group, best known for the hit “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite” and other great four-part harmony hits.
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Eric Lambert entertains with feel-good Americana infused with bluegrass, blues, rock and doses of soul.
  • 7 to 10 p.m., Bumpus shares its powerful brand of soul music that Sly & the Family Stone, James Brown and Marvin Gaye brought to audiences. The band brings together funky big beats, deep bass, lush horns and a heavy organ sound.
For additional information, visit the Village of Homewood website at homesweethomewood.com.

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