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VIDEO: Annual Palo Alto Chili Cook-Off draws thousands

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Mitchell Park in Palo Alto was swarmed with eager chili eaters Wednesday, July 4, for the 31st annual Palo Alto Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off. Thousands of people attended the popular event, including many families. Attendees danced and scarfed down spoonfuls of chili while listening to live music by The Hitmen.

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Posted by Occasional Cyclist
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 5, 2012 at 9:47 am

On the subject of 4th July in Palo Alto, my family followed our July 4 tradition of riding our bikes to watch the Shoreline fireworks, as did many others. However, the tunnel remains closed which meant that many people were climbing over the fence, carrying kids over the fence, carrying bikes over the fence, to access the tunnel. We decided to use the very dangerous alternative, San Antonio bridge.




Most of the bikes using this bridge were without lights and the traffic was heavier than we expected for a midweek holiday evening, both exiting the highway as well as using the bridge to get to the fireworks.




The one safe bike/ped crossing in north Palo Alto is not useful for us in south Palo Alto when our destination is Shoreline or points south. That tunnel must be kept open to prevent accidents of those trying to access it (which they will even if closed) or using dangerous San Antonio.


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Posted by Anne K
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

Our family had a wonderful time at Mitchell Park enjoying the entertainment. We skipped the chili since the long lines did not appeal to our dog. Thank you Palo Alto Recreation for this awesome family tradition.

Note to Occasional Cyclist, you must not have heard about the recent opening of the brand new, beautifully designed bicycle/pedestrian overpass on the Permanente Creek Trail at 101. It takes you from Old Middlefield Road to Shoreline Park safely and legally.


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Posted by Dennis
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Why wasn't anyone policing who was consuming alcohol? There were dozens of underage teens on the hill overlooking the dog run that were obviously drunk. There were cases of empty beer cans and teens in the trees breaking the branches. They had been there a long time.


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