A downtown event spiced things up for the Clawson community Saturday when about 500 people showed up for Fire & Spice and Everything Nice in downtown Clawson.
Downtown Development Authority director Joan Horton said she was pleased with the event's success. "The turnout is beyond what we expected," she said.
Inside a small tent next to Clawson Shoe Repair, a chili cook-off took place with participants from the Clawson business community and local organizations. Attendees were able to taste chili from the Clawson Fire Department, Clawson Grill, Moose Winooski's, Clawson American Legion, Black Lotus, Clawson Lions Club, and the Clawson Gridiron Club.
Horton said the Clawson Gridiron Club was the winner of the chili cook-off, which attendees voted for. The American Legion came in second place.
Saturday's event was an expansion of last year's Heating it up in Clawson, which celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week.
"It's a success," said Sara Riza, owner of Clawson Grill. "I think next year we need a bigger tent."
There was also entertainment for the kids including a marshmallow drop, bird feeder-making with peanut butter and a chainsaw artist presentation.
Troy resident Emily Arellano said she was riding past the event on 14 Mile Road with her family and asked her mother to stop by.
"It's awesome," said the young girl as she watched the chain saw artists.
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