If you like cars, chili or chrysanthemums, LSU’s John M. Parker Coliseum is the place to be this weekend.
The 14th annual Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the coliseum on Highland Road. The show will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day and will include numerous vendors selling plants and a variety of yard, garden and patio merchandise. LSU AgCenter horticulturist David Himelrick said the floor of the coliseum will be transformed into a world of plants and gardens for the event.
“You also will be able to walk next door and talk to some of the world’s best chili cooks,” Himelrick said.
That’s because the 10th annual Chili Cook-Off “Chili for Children” will be held in front of the coliseum from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The cook-offs are sponsored by Knights of Columbus, Audubon Kiwanis, Catholic Radio 1380AM and 4theKids. All proceeds will benefit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.
There will be 85 contestants — both local and from 16 states and three countries — in the International Chili Society-sanctioned event. The competitions include red chili, chili verde and salsa. A panel of local celebrities will judge the competitions, and those in attendance will also have an opportunity to taste the contestants’ chili and vote for the “People’s Choice Chili” Award.
The seventh annual Spring Car Show will be held Sunday. Registration for the various categories begins at 9 a.m., and trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m.
Live music will be played both days of the events.