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Head to the Blues 'n' Buffett Chili Challenge on Sunday
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 8th, 2018

Allthough Sunday's forecast indicates super cold temps, you can warm up with some perfect comfort food at the 18th Annual Blues 'n' Buffett Chili Challenge to be held at the Collins Road Marriott on Sunday afternoon starting at 1 p.m.

This is a chili "cook-off" featuring secret recipes from the area's best chefs and amateur cooks.

This event not only features wonderful food, the proceeds from it go to help two area groups, the Cedar Rapids Free Medical Clinic and the Henry Davidson Youth Center.

Beyond the great food, you can enjoy great local musicians, too. They include Bob Dorr and the Blue Band as well as other area musical groups.

Bob D. and Tami Kluth are the MCs for the event. They will introduce the performing ensembles as well as radio and TV personalities and "celebrity judges" who will determine the winning chili.

Besides enjoying the food and music, the afternoon will have family-friendly activities, as well as a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. So grab the kids and have a good time.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for adults. Seniors will get a deal of $5 per ticket. Purchase your tickets online at or call Steve at 319-395-9520.

This event is put on annually by the Linn County Blues Society and the Isle of Iowa Parrothead Club to benefit local entities who help others.

Event sponsors this year include Acme Electric, Alliant Energy, City Revealed magazine, Collins Community Credit Union, MediaQuest, Rapids Reprographics, and WealthStone Financial.

See the website for pictures and more information.

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