Carnival and Chili Cookoff attract attention –


Games, bouncy castles and a ton of chili could be found over the weekend at Family Community Church for the second Carnival and Chili Cookoff in Swift Current.

It was the second year the event could be held in the city, with the inaugural event taking place in 2019.

Bev Swanson, the church’s pastor, said she and her husband Rob originally organized the event as a way to connect and give back to the community.

“It’s great to be able to do community things,” she explained. “We really like being able to organize these types of events for our employees, but also for the community. And just serve our community and do something fun. They all seem to be having a great time. Some of them walked away with really big prizes and a pretty big smile, so it’s worth it.

More than 110 people showed up for the event on Sunday.

Participants were able to enter the chili contest by tasting eight different options and voting for their favourite.

“They had little Dixie cups, so they went and did little taste tests on each of the peppers they wanted to try, then they picked their favorite and put that number in a raffle in a little basket” , she explained. “Then at the end we counted all the votes and the winner got a prize.”

Swanson added that the sweet chili was the winner of this year’s contest.

The event was also filled with family activities such as bouncy castles, carnival games and face painting.


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