The 11th annual Mountain Chile Cha Cha will take place on Saturday, September 24th in Town Park downtown in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. The Cha Cha includes a morning trail race for all ages and abilities, a green chile cook off and tasting, margarita tasting contest and a free concert in the park. The Mountain Chile Cha Cha is a no-admission, all day late summer celebration. There is a big tent so this event happens rain or shine.
The day kicks off with a 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon (on trails). Chile Cha Cha celebrates trail running in authentic regional style combing dynamic trail racing in the heart of downtown Pagosa Springs with a Chile Festival! Live music, beer garden, smoking Chile’s, Chile cook off and hundreds of runners and locals enjoying the scene in this local classic. Celebrate the series, the season, trail running and getting kids outside on Pagosa's killer downtown trail course. Beautiful, challenging and remote, all right downtown.
The green chiles are roasting by noon and don't miss the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic. Stop by and taste a variety of green chile - both vegetarian and with meat. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy live music, cold beer and great food? If it’s hot you can cool off in the San Juan River or relax under the park trees while the chilis cook and the music rocks.
Much in the same way that Easterners equate the smell of pressed apples with the coming of fall, Southwesterners know it’s autumn by the smell of roasting green chiles, usually the Hatch variety from New Mexico, but sometimes Big Jims, which are commonly grown around Grand Junction. The fourth annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic will offer up more than $600 in prize money for non-professional cooks and some pretty sweet trophies and bragging rights for commercial entries. This event will be slightly different than a typical chile cook-off because it ONLY features green chile, a dish that is ubiquitous in our region but not as well-known outside of New Mexico and southern Colorado.