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ROSCOE'S CHILI CHALLENGE in Lakeland, FL
This was the 26th annual Rocoe's Chilli Challenge and it's still going strong. Originally started in Roscoe's back yard with his buddies this party has grown over the years and took on a life of it's own.
It's... different than most shows I go to. They've got a two tents set up, one for the motorcycle show and the other for the cooks doing the chilli cookoff, a couple of flat concrete strips for the bike games and porta potty races and of course a main stage with vendors set up all around it.
They don't have any RV parking, but tent camping is free. If you want to bring your camper you have to call one of his neighbors and make arrangements directly with them, do NOT show up a the show with and RV and expect to simply camp out. Hot showers out there for $5 a pop.
The contests are also very different, they really don't have anything like the usual titty contests up on stage... the MC simply gets some girls up on stage every hour or two and tells them to show their boobs off to the crowd. And of course there was THREE different body painters out there all weekend long doing there thing.
All it all it's a pretty good show, and something different than the regular old rallies I go to all the time. The people are all real friendly and many of them have been going for years. Hell, some of them have turned it into an anual pilgrimage. It's cool, the weather that time of year in Florida is perfect and it's a hellova lot more fun than Bikeweek ever was. What else could you ask for?
Biker BoB gives this show a 8/10 beer cans