Prep for Fandango heats up

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is preparing for its best Fandango ever. The Historical Society board met on Sept. 15 to make final preparations for the big event, which will take place between 4 and 8 p.m. Oct. 16. Part of Rancho Days, the Fandango will celebrate the Ranch’s history and heritage with good food, music, dancing and a Chili Cook-off.
Chef Rex Havick, author of the cookbook, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Recipes,” will serve as Master of Ceremonies and oversee the Chili Cook-off. Anyone who lives or works in Rancho Santa Fe is invited to participate in the Chili Cook-off. “If you have a favorite chili you’ve developed over the years, now is your opportunity to show it off,” Chef Rex said. “We’re looking for terrific red chilis, green chilis, vegetarian chilis … just bring us your best efforts.” The competition will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and the winner will be announced at 7:30 pm.
There are rules and regulations that each participant must meet for the Chili Cook-off. Cooks will be expected to bring at least two quarts of chili and will be required to bring their own crockpot or heating device to keep the chili at a consistent temperature. All participants must fill out an application and will be given the rules and regulations. “We’re trying to make this a fair competition for everyone involved,” Chef Rex said. For an application and a set of rules and regulations, contact Chef Rex Havick at All applications must be in by Oct. 12.
In addition to the Chili Cook-off, Mexican food will once again be offered for $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12. Traffic will be prohibited through Via de Santa Fe between La Flecha and Paseo Delicias as the Fandango hits the street. The band Prairie Fire featuring Mark Windrum will entertain the crowd and dancing in the streets is encouraged.
After the Fandango in October, the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will set its sights on celebrating its silver anniversary with a celebration planned Dec. 6. Founding members will be honored in a small ceremony that will held at the La Flecha house, the first home built in the Ranch by architect Lilian Rice and now home to the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society.
A special edition 2010 calendar will be offered by the Historical Society featuring pictures and events from the Ranch’s 80-year history will also be available in October. Early next year the new Arcadia book, “Rancho Santa Fe: The Town the Railroad Built” will be published.


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