Options abound for Auburnfest 2010

AUBURN — The events list for October’s Auburnfest 2010 is burgeoning like the Great Pumpkin that Linus was hoping for.

On Oct. 16 and 17, the city welcomes back the popular festival. Expect food vendors, arts and crafts, along with a car show.

“There are few restrictions as to what we accept (in the festival),” said Auburn events coordinator Charlotte Ewing. “You just never know what people are looking for.”

Recently added attractions include a children’s costume parade and contest, and for the culinary types, a red chili cook-off.

Here’s some details:

• Chili cook-off (Oct. 16):

There’s a $10 entry fee, and spaces are limited. Chili will be judged on aroma, consistency, appearance, taste and after-taste, Ewing said.

Expect trophies for the top three finishers, and certificates for all participants. All remaining chili will be sold for the city’s profit, Ewing said.

“Of course, bragging rights will be endowed upon the first place winner as well,” Ewing said.

• Children’s costume parade/contest (Oct. 17):

There’s a basic rule: All costumes must be homemade. No store-bought entrants.

The free contests for children ages 5 to 12 begins at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers, Ewing said.