More than 70,000 visitors attended the 39th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival that ran from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, down and around Newport Avenue. Funds from the event were used to pay for the OB Pier Fireworks show on the Fourth of July.
Despite a somewhat cloudy, chilly day, these photos reveal that a good time was had by all as visitors moved from booth to booth sampling food and drinks, shopping the art shows, and taking in the four stages of nonstop music.
Here are the chili cook-off results:
Amateur Division — Judges 1st place: Dean Aldridge of Messy Dean’s 3-Chunk Chili; Judges 2nd place: Dillon Baker of Culture Brewery; People’s Choice 1st Place: Messy Dean’s 3-Chunk Chili; People’s Choice 2nd Place: Jetty Chili; People’s Choice 3rd Place: Hangover Cure Chili Crew.
Restaurant Division — Judges 1st Place: Raglan Public House; Judges 2nd Place: Pizza Port; People’s Choice 1st Place: Wonderland; Best Costumes & Booth Decoration: Sunset Clipps’ Jason Bullard; Hottest Chili Award: Wesley Slack, Bacon or Bust.