Homewood’s Fall Fest and Chili Cook-off set for Sept. 28

Homewood’s 18th annual Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28, will include a range of fun — and in one case, tasty — competitions. 

Having fun in the 2018 Fall Fest pumpkin patch are seven-month-old Victor Sanchez and Ava Aguilar, 2. (Chronicle file photo)
  Having fun in the 2018 Fall
  Fest pumpkin patch are
  7-month-old Victor Sanchez
  and Ava Aguilar, 2.
(Chronicle file photos)
Chili lovers know to line up early for the tasting session at the annual chili cook-off in order to sample the best efforts of local chili artists.

Judging will take place at 2 p.m. to crown Homewood’s Master Chef in two categories, amateur and professional. The awards presentation will be followed by chili tasting, open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. 

This year, proceeds from the chili tasting will benefit the Homewood Arts Council.

Applications to enter the contest are available at village hall, 2020 Chestnut Road, or online at homesweethomewood.com.
Kids show off unique dance moves at the 2017 Fall Fest. The event this year will again be filled with danceable live music.
  Kids show off unique dance
  moves at the 2017 Fall Fest.
  The event this year will again
  feature danceable live music.


New this year at Fall Fest will be a pumpkin carving contest.

Contestants can bring their carved pumpkins to the festival from noon to 4 p.m. Judging will take place at 6 p.m. and entries will be on display for the evening. Pumpkins will be returned to their owners at the end of the night.

The pumpkin contest will also have two categories, one for individuals and families and one for businesses and organizations.

The competition does not end there. Kids will have a chance to enter a Safety Town bike race from noon to 4 p.m. on Hickory Road.

There will also be three bean-bag toss tournaments. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. for contests beginning at 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m.

The festival will also include music, an evening film and other fun activities. 

The musical lineup will include Crawford’s Daughter from 1 to 3 p.m., Eric Lambert from 4 to 6 p.m. and Bumpus from 7 to 9 p.m.

Mechanical pony rides will be available from noon to 4 p.m. A video featuring Homewood will be presented at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 2019 version of “Aladdin” starring Will Smith.

The pumpkin patch will open at 4 p.m., and there will be horse-drawn wagon rides from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Fest attendees can experience a “taste of Homewood” with local food vendors such as Aurelios Pizza, Twisted Q, Decadent Flavor, Empanadus, La Voute Bistro & Bar, Ridgewood Tap, Mae’s BBQ Food Truck, Say Cheese Gourmet Grilled Cheese Truck, Cilantro’s, Rabid Brewery, TJ’s Kettle Korn and Wiley’s Grill among others. 

Schedule of events
  • Noon to 4 p.m., Safety Town Bike Race and Mechanical Pony Ride.
  • 12:30 p.m., Bags Tournament begins.
  • 1 - 3 p.m., Crawford’s Daughter (band).
  • 2 p.m., Chili Cook-Off judging.
  • 3 - 5 p.m., Public Chili Cook-Off sampling.
  • 4 - 6 p.m., Pumpkin Patch opens.
  • 4 - 6 p.m., Eric Lambert (band).
  • 6 p.m., Pumpkin Carving Contest.
  • 6 - 8:30p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides.
  • 6:30 p.m., unveiling of Homewood podcast and videos.
  • 6:45p.m., “Aladdin” (outdoor movie).
  • 7 - 9 p.m., Marlon and the Shakes (band).

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