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  • 37TH ANNUAL OCEAN BEACH STREET FAIR & CHILI COOK-OFF FESTIVALSATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016 10AM - 8PM OBSTREETFAIR.COM OCEANBEACHSANDIEGO.COM

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    Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off set for June 25Thousands will flock to Ocean Beach

    to enjoy food, drinks, chili, live music, artand great people watching at the 37thannual Ocean Beach Street Fair and ChiliCook-Off Festival on Saturday, June 25.

    The free festival will include an ocean-front chili cook-off, vendor and foodbooths, Artists Alley, a beachside beer gar-den, live music and entertainment, fam-ily friendly activities, carnival rides andgames, art, the Community Mural Pro-ject and more.

    The street fair will take place from 10a.m. to 8 p.m. in the 4800 to 5000 blocksof Newport Avenue, along the waterfrontand in the pier parking lot, and along thecross streets of Newport Avenue at BaconStreet and Cable Street.

    Free trolley services will run for peopleparking near Robb Field (every 30 min-utes) and on Sea World Drive at PacificCoast Highway (every hour) from 9:30a.m.to 9 p.m. There will also be a free bikevalet at the intersection of Bacon Streetand Newport Avenue, courtesy of theSan Diego County Bicycle Coalition.

    The highlight of this year's fest will bethe 50th anniversary celebration of theOB Pier, which opened on July 2, 1966.Ocean Beach MainStreet Association willcommemorate the pier with photos dat-ing back to its inception in 1966, andinformation about the OB Piers rich his-tory in partnership with the Ocean BeachHistorical Society.

    Other pier activities will include a kidsfishing game, photo kiosk with a lifesizephoto backdrop of the piers opening cel-

    ebration in 1966, Living Coast DiscoveryCenters interactive crab display and theopportunity to sign up for the San DiegoJunior Lifeguard Foundations annualpier jump.

    The Kiss tribute band will be back torally the crowd. This time they'll supportthe Year of the Pier by donning their 60s

    surfer best and rocking out to the BeachBoys. Attendees can stop by Rock andRoll San Diegos booth to get a free 15-minute music lesson alongside the wildand zany Kiss tribute band, as theyredressed in full face painting with long hairand Hawaiian shirts. The booth will alsohave drawings, giveaways and loads of

    cool stuff.The chili competition will feature more

    than 20 tastings from amateur entrantscompeting for the titles of Hottest Chili,Judges Award and the grand prize win-ner: Peoples Choice Award. Chili tastingswill begin at 11 a.m. and will end whencontestants run out of samples. Tastings

    can be purchased for $2 per chili entry, orattendees can buy a master ticket for $20to try every recipe and vote for the best.

    The Hodads Burger-Eating Competi-tion is back by popular demand offeringcontestants a chance to be featured onthe Hodads Wall of Fame at its OceanBeach site.

    The Bloody Mary competition will alsomake a return with 15 local restaurantsand bars competing for the title of BestBloody Mary in Ocean Beach. Tickets canbe purchased for $20 to sample eachentry and vote for your favorites.

    Children and adults of all ages are wel-come to purchase a $10 square to con-tribute to this years Community MuralProject. Visit the mural area on BaconStreet just south of Newport to reserveand then paint your square. After theStreet Fair, the murals are sealed andinstalled in the community. On CableStreet, Artists Alley will feature accom-plished artists and their handcrafteditems.

    Family-friendly attractions include theWonderland Fun Zone in the parking lotadjacent to US Bank near Sunset CliffsBoulevard and Newport Avenue. TheZone will have a 20-foot slide, OB ExpressTrain Ride for the little ones, Zip Line,Zorb balls, Hop n Rock, laser tag, kidsgames and more.

    There will be five stages of nonstopmusic throughout the day. Music genresinclude acoustic, rock, blues, alternative,Americana and more.

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  • 37TH ANNUAL OCEAN BEACH STREET FAIR & CHILI COOK-OFF FESTIVALSATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016 10AM - 8PM OBSTREETFAIR.COM OCEANBEACHSANDIEGO.COM

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    Chuck Schiele comes back to play Bad Science FictionLongtime Ocean Beach res-

    ident Chuck Schiele relocatedto the East Coast in 2010, buthe returns this summer to per-form with his band, Bad Sci-ence Fiction, on the StreetFairs Main Stage at 12:30p.m.

    Were retro hard rock witha hip hop attitude, Schielesaid good-naturedly. Wethrew the idea of attemptingcool right out the window.Cool is boring. We're just hav-ing fun.

    Before heading east, Schielehad been a mainstay of thelocal music community andan integral part of the OBMA,including much of the musicprogramming. I still considerOB home, he said. Justbecause I have to take care ofsome things on the East Coastdoesn't mean I've left OB.Believe me. I'm still there.

    Though the band, whichincludes Schiele on vocals andguitar, lead guitarist MichaelHead, bassist Tony Sandoval,keyboardist John Miller anddrummer Don Wiseman,rarely performs, according toSchiele, ramping things up, isnot hard at all. It takes oneemail and everybody's onboard, enthusiastic and readyto rock. We don't feel rusty,whatsoever.

    Rehearsal is set for the

    Thursday prior to the show.We have a blast, Schielesaid. These are terrific musi-cians with no excuses for theirmusic. We make some minornudges and introduce newmaterial, sharpen it up, blowthe dust off it, put it on 11 andhit it.

    We're all very tight friends,so tequila and barbecue fol-lows our rehearsal by tradi-tion. We probably get ourgroove tighter more by hang-ing out and having a fewlaughs as bros than we dowailing through the set.

    He looks forward to playingthe main stage, with a minorreservation. I guess I miss thelight show aspect, but, I preferto look at gigs in the sunshineon the bright side. I can seethe audience on outdoor gigs.In OB, that's good, helaughed.

    Schiele hopes to return toOB full time eventually andcontinue his life immersed inmusic on the West Coast.

    It's not a hobby, not just ajob, not at all a casual endeav-or, for me, he said. Its myway of life. I still wake up inthe key of D, every day andengage with other bohemian,thinker, creative types doingcreative stuff and renderingsolutions, because, well...that's just what I do, he said

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  • There is no shortage of things todo at the Ocean Beach Street Fair,but the one essential stop is at itssignature event, the Chili Cook-Off.Located at the foot of VeteransAvenue, right on the water with thebest view of the whole event, thecook off is a lot of fun with boister-ous chefs and their crew doing whatthey can to garner votes for theirchili in a friendly competition.

    Youll want to get there early.While the tasting doesnt start until11 a.m. the line can start formingup to an hour earlier. Tickets for tast-ing and judging the variousentrants chili is the same as lastyear: $2 for two servings or you canget a peoples choice ticket for $20allowing you to sample chili fromall the competitors.

    There are two categories withalmost two dozen cooks represent-ed. Contestants are judged in twocategories, restaurant and amateur,with criteria set to include consis-tency, smell, color and taste. Bothmeat and vegetarian chili will beavailable, but even with all thosecompetitors the food goes fast.Another 60 gallons of chili will beprovided by area restaurant ShadesOceanfront Bistro and Craves Caf.Even set alongside the 10 gallonsfrom each of the contestants, its allgone by 2 p.m.

    The Chili Cook-Off is now in its32nd year, founded in 1984 by MikeAkey, a member of the OBMA board

    of directors, with money raised bythe event going to help fund OceanBeachs annual fireworks display.

    According to Akey, while ingre-dients vary and some can includeingredients as diverse as rattlesnakeand alligator, the biggest differencein competitors is the heat, he said.

    Some booths try to ramp updemand up demand for their waresby having themed booths and cos-tumes. Bedsides the awards for thechili, we also have an award for themost