A Taste of Idaho Adventures

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Whether this is your first visit or a return to a long awaited event, we will not disappoint you!  The shows are open to everyone and the best part is they are FREE to watch.

Welcome to Gold Buckle Champion’s “Taste of Idaho Adventures”
September 6 – 7, 2014
September 6 – Idaho Sanctioned International Chili Society Cook-Off, the Evolution of Horse Power, and the Toys for Tots at the Ford Idaho Horse Park

September 6, 2014 – Toys for Tots Kick-Off and  BBQ at the Idaho Horse Park

Visit the Gold Buckle Champion site for schedules and times

See Schedules for the ICHA Cutting Events including the Mercuia Cutting

Idaho is celebrating its 5th year of hosting the Official Idaho State Sanctioned, International Chili Society Cook-Off. The winners from this event have the opportunity to compete at the World Champion Chili Cook Off in Palm Springs, California, October 11-13, with $25,000 in prize monies at stake! The reins of this fun filled, family oriented event have been handed to Gold Buckle Champion, by the Nampa Lions Organization. Proceeds will go for our local charity to be used in our community to further the education of equine health and safety, while preserving our western heritage and history, by promoting equine events, that incorporate the youth and community.

This event has a long history of being a well-attended function, both locally, regionally, and internationally with the Snake River Stampede. It will have a new home at the “Taste of Idaho Adventures” and “Evolution of Horse Power” in conjunction with the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity & Aged Event and Mercuria World Series.

The event will run Saturday September 6, 2014  from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM for the Chili Cook-Off at the Idaho Center Amphitheater and Sunday, September 6-7, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM for the Marines Display for the Toys for Tots and 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM for the BBQ on September 6, 2014, at the Ford Idaho Horse Park next door to the Idaho Center . Fun for the entire family! You will see the evolution of horsepower in the form of transportation… from the one-horsepower Cutting Horse Event, to vehicles of 22 horse power in the 1900’s, all the way up to the luxury vehicles of over 600 horsepower that we have come to depend on today.

The Chili Cook-Off will have divisions for the bravest of the Chili Connoisseurs with Red Chili, Chili Verde, Salsa, and Home-style Competition that will have the chance to compete at the World Competition, to the very popular People’s choice award for everyone to get involved in. Cash and Prizes will be awarded for the best Chilies in the International Chili Cook-Off categories, as well as some really fun cash and prizes for the People’s Choice Award. This year we will feature a special division for the youth. The winner of the youth competition will have their most delicious recipe featured at some of our finest local restaurants, plus a scholarship prize.

Everyone is encouraged to enter! This is a great opportunity to showcase your business as well as your culinary talents. Prizes for best decorated booth, most enthusiastic team, and, of course the best chili, just to mention a few! Besides cash and prizes, winners will receive a trophy and of course “bragging” rights.

Entry fee for the contest is a donation to Gold Buckle Champion charity and 2 gallons of chili and/or Salsa for public tasting. (Must be a member of the International Chili Society to be eligible to go on to the World Competition) Spectators can purchase a tasting packet to sample all the wares at the event!

The Evolution of Horse Power car and bike show would include vehicles from the past and present. Prizes for the best car in show, best car in class, longest distance, etc.

Toys for Tots and  BBQ The armed forces come out to support the Marines in a kick-off for their annual Toys for Tots drive. For a donation of a new toy you can tour the armed service vehicles and a tank! 100% of the proceeds from the BBQ go to support the Toys for Tots  Charity Funds and the Nampa Fire Department Burn Out Fund.  BBQ is from 11:00 – 2:00 on Saturday.

Local Business Networking.  Bring out your business and get involved. Let everyone know you are here and wanting to keep our community strong. Booth space admission is a donation to Gold Buckle Champion to work to keeping these events affordable for the businesses and FREE to the public.

Gold Buckle Champion has a long history of putting on events that have a large community involvement. The March show is home of the Nampa Fire Department BBQ to raise money for their Burn Out Fund. After just 3 short years of involvement, Gold Buckle has helped them go from $500 per event to over $10,000. The August-September event is home to the Marines Toys for Tots, which we have also helped to raise thousands of dollars for children in Idaho and northern Nevada.

Because of our efforts, thousands of people attend these FREE events to introduce their children to a rural lifestyle and agriculture events. The August 31st event will also be a networking event for local chamber of commerce’s’, businesses, and the Toys for Tots kick-off with an Abrams M1A1 Tank that the public can tour, for just the price of one new toy. Admission to the ICHA Futurity & Aged Event and Mercuria World Series, an internationally renowned show, is also FREE. Contestants come from all over the United States and World to attend these events. Admission for booth space to local businesses is a donation to either Gold Buckle Champion or the Toys for Tots campaign.

Our advertising for this event includes:

• A full color, 28 page tab, delivered in the Sunday newspaper, the weekend before the event.
• Corey Mikhels, from KQFC Radio, as a participant in the Chili Cook-Off, donates $6,000 worth of airtime to the event.
• Live remote during the event is in the works.
• Website, email blasts, social networking, and posting on event sites.
• Participation from the Idaho Tourism association.
• The events usually attract all the local news stations with interviews and local coverage.

So whether you are a visitor, a spectator, or participant, there is something for everyone in a Taste of Idaho Event.


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