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Chili cook-off, big Christmas parade scheduled for Wednesday in Antigo
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Antigo will welcome Santa Claus to town Wednesday with a Christmas Night of Lights, accompanied by a hot bowl of chili.

The chili cook-off and Christmas parade—the largest downtown event of the year—will fill the avenue with sights, sounds and certainly a spicy aroma throughout the day and into the evening hours.

“We welcome everyone to the downtown for all the festivities, which are a true community tradition,” Deena Grabowsky, executive director of the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce said. “With our theme, A Christmas Night of Lights, if should be just a beautiful evening.”

The weather forecast calls for seasonable temperatures approaching 30 degrees with a chance of light snow, a far cry from the bitter cold that has haunted some parades and cook-offs in past years.

The day kicks off with the 16th annual chili cook-off which is expected to bring 50 or more entrants to the venue to begin chopping peppers and cooking meat at 8 a.m.

Businesses and industries from throughout the community annually compete for top prizes in the traditional and roughneck “anything goes” categories.

“We have an all new panel of judges again this year,” Grabowsky said, predicting a difficult challenge.

Chili samples will be served at no cost beginning at 5:30 p.m., a half-hour later than previous years, to eliminate the lull that has traditionally developed after the chili runs out, which can happen quickly depending on the number of spectators filling the streets.

At 6:30 p.m., experience the magic of Christmas at the community parade, featuring a mix of business, civic and youth entries, music and, of course, Santa Claus.

Grabowsky said there are several new entries to the lineup this year, including Bryant Hi-Flyers 4-H Club, Antigo Lions Club, Antigo Area Community Food Pantry, All Saints Catholic School, Reisterer & Schnell, Ho-Chunk Gaming, Trio Hair Studio, Langlade County Humane Society, Northwoods Tractor Club, Kretz Lumber and Baginski Farms.

There’s more along the avenue as well. The Optimist cheese curd wagon will be on-site and Salvation Army volunteers plan to bake and serve fresh chocolate chip cookies, adding to the aroma downtown.

Spectators along the parade route are invited to bring a canned food for the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry.


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Matt Erickson, left, and Nick Tews chopped jalapeno peppers for the Waukesha Bearings chili booth at the 2012 cook-off.
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