LAS VEGAS, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Chili Society will hold the Las Vegas 32nd World Championship Chili Cook-off festivities at the Fremont Street Experience on Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10, from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM each day. Chefs and Salsa cooks from around the world will compete during the course of this two day event. Sixty Chili booths will be located in the 3rd Street new mall expansion area of the Fremont Street Experience, and a VIP judging tent will be set in the parking lot located directly behind the Fremont Hotel. In addition, the Hot and Spicy Food Festival will be held on 3rd Street, between Ogden and Stewart, near the Lady Luck Casino/Hotel. The Chili Cook-off will officially open each day at approximately 1:00 PM following a procession of chili judges and various dignitaries including Carroll Shelby, founder of the International Chili Society and Chairman of Shelby American, and Robert Peterson, former Chairman of Petersen Publishing. The Procession will travel along the Fremont Street Experience from Main Street to the 3rd Street new mall expansion area, where the majority of the Chili Cook-off activities will take place, and where they will greet the chefs. The grand prize winner of the International Chili Cook-off will receive $25,000.00. Fremont Street Experience casino/hotels will participate in an official International Chili Society event, a special Casino Chili Cook-off, beginning at noon each day. These chili booths will be located throughout the Fremont Street Experience. The awards ceremony for both cook-offs will take place at 8:00 PM on Saturday on the 3rd Street Stage. Adding to the excitement, a Shelby "Hole-In-One" contest will be held both Friday and Saturday in the 1st Street Intersection. Selected entrants will have the opportunity to try their luck to win a new Shelby Cobra valued at $85,000.00. Contestants must putt approximately 100 feet, three times for a chance to win. The first contestant to get three hole-in-ones will win the car. Additional prizes will be awarded for single and double hole-in-ones. The contest will run from approximately noon - 10:00 PM. Available at the Shelby "Hole-In-One" contest area will be special discount vouchers for the Las Vegas 500K Indy Race being held Sunday, October 11 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Entertainment featuring a mixture of high-energy country, rock and jazz, provided primarily by EAT'M (Emerging Artists & Talent in Music), will be held on stage daily from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM at 3rd Street south. The entertainment line-up is as follows: Friday, October 9 2:00 PM John Encino 3:00 PM Tucker Barton 4:00 PM Epstein's Mother 5:00 PM Conni Emerson 6:00 PM Tim and a Clue 7:00 PM Marv Koral's Allstars 8:00 PM Chili Cook-off semi-final winners announced 9:00 PM Doug Kershaw -- "The Ragin' Cajun" and the Louisiana Men Band 10:00 PM Doug Kershaw -- "The Ragin' Cajun" and the Louisiana Men Band Saturday, October 10 2:00 PM Amaranth 3:00 PM Joelle 4:00 PM Jefferson Denim 5:00 PM John Earl & the Boogieman Band 6:00 PM Native Tongue 7:00 PM Backbone 8:00 PM Awards presentation 9:00 PM Doug Kershaw --"The Ragin' Cajun" and the Louisiana Men Band 10:00 PM Doug Kershaw -- "The Ragin Cajun" and the Louisiana Men Band Highlighting the event is the grand opening of Shelby American scheduled for Saturday, October 10 at 9:00 AM at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Following the grand opening, a parade of more than 200 Shelby show cars will travel from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, through the Fremont Street Experience by way of Casino Center Boulevard, for what is being called "Thunder at the Fremont Street Experience." The final destination will be the Main Street Station south parking lot. Carroll Shelby will be leading the parade of cars, and will be available for photo ops and interviews. Once all of the cars arrive, a car show and competition will be held in the Main Street Station south parking lot starting at approximately noon. In addition, the famous Fremont Street Experience light and sound shows will play every hour on the hour beginning at dusk each night, with the final show at midnight. These light and sound spectaculars are derived from over 2 million lights and 540,000 watts of sound, and are set 90 feet above the street, spanning four blocks.
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