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Gabrielle Waldinger enjoys a carnival ride at the Kiwanis Club Chili Cook-Off on Friday, Sept. 2, in Malibu. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd CenturyMedia
Malibu Chili Cook-Off attendees (left to right) Sydney Merryman, Lucille Lambert and Sophie Lambert are all smiles as they show off their carnival prizes on Friday, Sept. 2.
Kea Lani Kerbox enjoys a helping of cotton candy during the 35th annual Chili Cook-Off in Malibu.
Jace Pollack rings a duck during the Malibu Chili Cook-Off carnival.
Carrie Stroup-Lubell enjoys a carnival ride with Zeppelin Stroup-Lubell Friday, Sept. 2, in Malibu.
The Sam Morrow Band — consisting of (front) Sam Morrow lead singer and (back, left to right) Aman Rylan, Matt Tecu and Ed Marshall — performs during the Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off.
AMPS representatives (left to right) Jessica Isles, Melanie Goudzwaard, Carl Randall, Kathryn Alice, Lili Foster, Chris Foster and Laura Rosenthal gather for a photo at the Malibu Chili Cook-Off.
Carol and Steve Hoyt, of Hoyt Family Vineyards, pose for a photo during the 35th annual Chili Cook-Off in Malibu.
Lauren Finkler, Editor
11:29 pm PDT September 6, 2016

The Malibu Chili Cook-Off may be designed with the community’s children in mind, but it’s not so shabby for the parents either.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Kiwanis Club President John Paola, “but once the kids come in, it makes it all worthwhile.”

The 35th annual event, put on by the Malibu Kiwanis Club, opened up Friday, Sept. 2 (deemed “Locals Night”), and carried on through Labor Day. Paola said the club anticipated attendance of up to 12,000 individuals throughout the holiday weekend.