MARQUETTE — Marquette is hosting its first-ever chili cook off and street dance on Oct. 21

The event is from 6 to 11 p.m. in downtown Marquette and offers something for everyone. Proceeds from the event are going toward the Marquette Fire Department and Marquette EMS.

No registration fee is required for chili cook-off entries and a $100 grand prize will be given to the winners.

Judging is conducted by patrons who purchase a $5 tasting kit.

Even though the event is in its first year, Braxton Best a coordinator of the event, said it will be a good time for everyone to benefit their local community.

"A couple of us got together and wanted to have a street dance and we thought it would be a good benefit for the fire department and EMS," Best said.

The group wanted to give proceeds to a local organization and decided the fire department and EMS were a good option due to recently purchasing costly items.

"Any money will help," Best explained.

The event offers fun activities like a chili cook-off, street dancing, a free pumpkin painting station, hot fudge Sundays, hot chocolate and coffee at the Marquette American Legion, a bake sale at the senior center and the boy scouts will be selling popcorn.

Free will donations can be given at the American Legion as a fundraiser for the American Legion Auxiliary.

At 8 p.m., Adam Capps will kick off the street dance, then Jaron Bell will be provide modern country music through the evening.

Best is hopeful with success of this year's event, it will continue in upcoming years.

"It'll be a fun night for the whole family," he said.

For more information to register, call or text Best at 785-819-0938.

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