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The 36th annual Kiwanis Club Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Carnival included plentiful chili samples (inset), served here by (left to right) Susan Kelly, Micah Johnson, Yvonne Gelbman and Fire Station 89 explorers Jacob Anderson, Alexander Rivera and Wade Cookus at the Malibu Methodist Church booth. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
Carnival rides enticed attendees of all ages at the Chili Cook-Off.
Four-year-old Malibu local Beck Bryan is all smiles as he enjoys the caterpillar ride at the 36th annual Kiwanis Club Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Carnival Friday, Sept. 1.
Frankie Manera (left) and India Cortese toss Frisbies while playing the Ring a Duck game.
(Left to right) Mason Ransier, Mia Ransier, Harlow Muchmore and Isla Muchmore peer into the “parent drop off zone” Friday, Sept. 1.
(Left to right) Carol and Stephen Hoyt, of Hoyt Family Vineyards, pose with Sandy Beck, Nancy Hoffman and Marcus Beck on Friday, Sept. 1, in the Chili Cook-Off’s beer and wine garden.
Shelley Myers (left) is helped by Barefoot Dreams sales manager Valerie Korac as she peruses some of the vendor’s soft clothing which was available for purchase at the 36th annual Kiwanis Club Malibu Chili Cook-Off.
Siblings Scarlett and Jackson Wolfe take a ride.
Bernardo Gigliotti (left) takes a sample of Jersey Jimmy’s Killer Chili from James Soubasis.
Emme Bohana, 9, hugs her unicorn carnival prize.
Carnival-goers (left to right) Jimmy Carlos, Connor MacPherson and Dante Santangelo ride the Tilt-A-Whirl.
The Roman Helmets perform in the “parent drop off zone” of the Chili Cook-Off.
Fire Station #89 explorers Wade Cookus (left) and Alexander Rivera walk around with buckets of cold water bottles to offer to carnival-goers.
Offering chili and recruiting for Malibu Little League are board members Peter Hopkinson (far left) and Doug Carroll (far right).
Winners of the new vegan/vegetarian chili category gather for a photo with judges at the Malibu Chili Cook-Off.
Barbara Burke, Freelance Reporter
8:55 am PDT September 6, 2017

The Malibu Kiwanis Club’s 36th annual Chili-Cook-Off Carnival and Fair once again delighted veterans as well as newcomers of the event. 

The beloved tradition, marking the end of lazy summer days, the beginning of the school year and the forthcoming autumn, is much more than a chili competition. It offers something for all ages and interests and is one of Malibu’s not-to-be-missed yearly events.