A Chili Forecast

Regardless of whether the weather in late January is chilly in South Florida, it will be a chili January, thanks to the 29th Annual 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff, which is scheduled for Sunday, January 26 at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines. For well over a quarter of a century people have been satisfyiing their appetite for top-notch country music at the event, and this year is no exception.

The headliner is Rascal Flatts, the top-selling trio that has been racking up awards in country music for more than a decade and whose most recent CD was 2012's Changed (featuring the #1 single "Banjo"). Other acts include Brantley Gilbert (Halfway to Heaven), Thomas Rhett (It Goes Like This), Joe Nichols (Crickets), and Cassadee Pope ("Wasting All These Tears"), the West Palm Beach native who in 2012 became the first female winner of TV's The Voice.

Tickets are $48 (not including service charge) from, which also offers parking passes for $5/each for the Pines Boulevard lot (open at 1 a.m.) and the Taft Street lot (open at 6 a.m.). Handicapped parking will be available at the Johnson Street lot with an official handicapped parking placard only.

Concert gates open at 8:30 a.m., and the concert begins at approximately 10 a.m. Other ticket outlets include Pet Supermarkets in Broward and Miami-Dade, and four locations of Sedano's Supermarket: North Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines (17171 Pines Blvd.), Miami (16255 S.W. 88th St.), and Homestead.

This is a rain-or-shine event, meaning no refunds will be available. Also, no cans, coolers, bottles, video cameras, flags/flagpoles, weapons, umbrellas, backpacks, or pets allowed. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Chili from the competition cannot be tasted by the public unless the contestant has a registered food vendor permit.

For additional information, visit C.B. Smith is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #3, #5, #7, #23, and 95 EXPRESS.