As I start my weekly assignments for the Go! section today, I’m realizing how many opportunities there will be to stuff one’s face downtown this weekend.
One is at the annual Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff, which will be set up along Douglas on Saturday. Visitors can sample chili made by nearly 50 competitors (including restaurants such as Fizz and Old Mill Tasty Shop.) They also can sample competitive salsas, get free ice cream, listen to bands and (I’m not making this up) watch a group of fire eaters attempt to break a world record by having 200 people swallow fire simultaneously. All the details will be in my Go! story on Friday.
Also this weekend, Old Town is celebrating its 20th birthday with two nights of outdoor parties in Old Town Square. On Friday night, several Old Town Square restaurants will be selling boxed meals to people attending a concert on the square at 2nd and Mosley. Organizers are still finalizing the list of who’s in, but several Old Town Square restaurants will be participating. The Old Town Warren Theatre even will be grilling hamburgers outdoors on the plaza. And on both Friday and Saturday nights, those restaurants will be selling adult beverages that can be taken from the restaurants and enjoyed on the square, along with live music. I’m putting together a story with those details, too.
Both stories should be on kansas.com/entertainment by Thursday.