Green chile cook-off slated to again be part of the Mountain Chile Cha Cha

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    Photo courtesy Jacque Aragon
    Folks gather at a previous iteration of the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic. This year’s 10th annual classic will again feature a cook-off and will be held in Town Park on Sept. 30, rain or shine.

    By Jacque Aragon
    Special to The PREVIEW
    Each year, the fall season arrives with shorter days, cooler nights and bushels of fresh roasted green chiles.
    In Pagosa Springs there is an annual green chile cook-off where chefs of all abxilities and backgrounds compete for cash, trophies and bragging rights. This event, the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic was created to celebrate the green chile harvest and pay homage to a local green chile enthusiast who sated Pagosans’ green chile palettes for years with her tasty homemade recipe.
    Patty Aragon, along with her husband, Ross Aragon, owned and operated Al’s West and East from the 1970s until 1992. Al’s was famous for its green chile, which was served straight up or atop burgers, fries and almost everything.
    “My mother made the best green chile, hands down,” explained Jacque Aragon, who has organized the cook-off for the last 10 years. “I’m proud to carry on the family tradition and love seeing other people get excited about making and eating green chile.”
    The cook-off is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The classic is part of the Mountain Chile Cha Cha, which is hosted by GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors).
    The Cha Cha will take place in Town Park, rain or shine, on Sept. 30. The festival includes a kids’ fun race, a 5k, 10k and half marathon for adults to compete in for prizes. Other activities include a Mexican beer garden, margarita contest and tasting, all day kids’ corner, green chile roasted on site and a music concert by The Brooks-i Band.
    We hope to see you at the Cha Cha.