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Malibu Chili Cook-Off will be last at Legacy Park site

September 4, 2009 |  7:15 am

Dozens of amusement rides and trailers are lined up along Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu Civic Center area for today's kickoff of the 28th annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Carnival.

This is the last time the mouth-watering, end-of-summer bash and fundraiser will operate at its longtime location, in the middle of the planned Legacy Park site. Construction on that project, which will double as a stormwater treatment facility, is set to begin this fall.

The event, in which local chefs will vie Saturday and Sunday for "best chili" and "people's choice" awards against a backdrop of live music by local and other performers, draws 15,000 to 20,000 spectators each year.

The Kiwanis Club of Malibu, which sponsors the event, said the show will go on even after construction of Legacy Park begins.

"There's no way Malibu will not have a chili cook-off," said Sal Cirnigliaro, a Kiwanis spokesman. The group is talking with the city about possibly basing the event in future years on nearby Civic Center Way.

—Martha Groves