Saturday, January 13 • 1-4pm
Community Center

Due to today’s wicked winter weather the Fire and Ice Festival has been modified. The following activities have been CANCELLED:
Mad Science Show & Snowplow and Fire Truck Touch-a-Truck
Come out to the Community Center for:
Chili-Cookoff ($10/ticket)
FREE Ice Cream Sundaes and Hot Chocolate from Sycamore Lions Club, NIU Outdoor Adventures, Jaybird Dog Training, and a Kids’ Craft

Free Family Activities

Mad Scientist Fire and Ice Show from 2-3pm
Sponsored by Friends of Sycamore Library

Ice Cream Sundaes and Hot Chocolate
Sponsored by Sycamore Lions Club

Jaybird Dog Training Demos at 1:30pm and 3pm

Fire truck and Snowplow Touch-a-Truck
City of Sycamore

And More…Fun activities with NIU Outdoor Adventures and Kids’ Area with Crafts

Community Chili Cook-Off

Sample a variety of chilies and vote for your favorite. Wash it down with winter ale from the concessions.

$10 Chili Tasting Ticket

Calling all local chili cooks!

We want to taste your chili! Each cook receives a commemorative magnet, 2 drink tickets, and the joy of sharing their favorite chili with neighbors and friends! A panel of judges will select a First, Second, and Third place winner. Other awards include People’s Choice and Most Festive Table.

For more information and to sign up, contact Melissa at or register online here.

$25 Entry Fee

Chili Cook-off Guidelines
  1. Cooks must provide all items to heat and serve their chili (serving cups and spoons for the public will be provided by the Park District).
  2. Chili will be cooked off-site and chefs will provide their own warming system at the event (sterno, crockpot, propane camp stove, electric burner, etc.)
  3. Filler (corn, beans, rice, etc.) and all types of chili (hamburger, pork, chicken, vegetarian etc.) are welcome.
  4. Chefs must provide 100 2 oz. servings for the public to taste.
  5. Must be age 18+ to enter.
  6. Decorate your space and name your chili!