Due to recent and significant health concerns of the two event organizers, the chili cook off is cancelled.  We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.  It was not an easy decision to stop a 35 year tradition, but we appreciate all of the support we’ve received over the last week.  May your hot, mild, or wild side still shine despite this setback.  Yours in Optimism- the Bellevue East Town Optimists


Chili Cook-Off

Always held the last Sunday in August at Josten Park in Bellevue, the Chili Cook-Off is our major fundraiser. We have a live band, bucket raffles, food for the whole family…and, of course, CHILI!


We have contestants who arrive early to prepare chili on-site. Later in the day, the public can sample all the different chili and vote on their favorites. We give out three awards: People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice, and Best in Show. Winners of the chili awards receive money, trophies, and bragging rights! If you want to be a contestant (and who wouldn’t—it’s fun!), contact us for more information or download our Chili Cook Off Contestant Application and Rules.

The marketplace area, where vendors can set up booths, is back again this year.  Our collaborating partner, the Bellevue Lions Club will be spearheading this portion of the Chili Cook-Off. It’s always such a joy to see the creative ways that people make a living! If you’re interested in a vendor booth, please download and send in the Marketplace Application. Spots are limited, so act now!

Featured Again This Year: The N.E.W. Stangs Mustang Car Show!

Mustang Club

Auction Food Sales

We members of the Bellevue East Town Optimist club serve food at local auctions and events. Serving popcorn, hamburgers, candy, and soda to all those hungry auction bidders is fun work. All proceeds benefit area youth activities. (As a bonus, we can see all the great stuff that people bid on…and, okay, we can’t resist a bid every now and then either!)


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