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18 H o m e w o o d M a g a z i n e 2 0 1 5 Spring EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION LUNCHEON Each year, the Homewood Chamber of Commerce recognizes the excellent students in the Homewood City School System. An outstanding student is selected from each one of the fi ve Homewood schools, and a scholarship is awarded to a Home- wood High School student. EASTER EGG HUNT Patriot Park is home to Homewood's annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is for toddlers to 10-year-olds. Children hunt for eggs by age groups, and there is a section for children with special needs. There are also Moon Walks, train rides, and a Merry-Go-Round. EXCEPTIONAL FOUNDATION CHILI COOK-OFF Each year, thousands of people attend the Exceptional Foundation Chili Cook-Off to see which one of more than 100 chili cooking afi cionados' recipe will reign su- preme. Held in the Brookwood Mall parking lot, the cook-off has become a highly anticipated event and the Foundation's primary fundraiser. A panel of judges chooses the grand-prize winner and fi rst and second runners-up, as well as the winners of the fundraising and spirit awards. Event patrons vote on the People's Choice Award. Festival-goers sample chili and enjoy live music. The Kidzone offers lots of fun activities for the festival's smallest chili lovers. WE LOVE HOMEWOOD DAY (HOMEWOOD TRADITION) Homewood's biggest event of the year brings Homewood residents out to celebrate their city in style. The fun starts in the morning with the We Love Homewood Day 5K race followed by rides, food, infl atables, arts and crafts, entertainment, a silent auction, and booths representing a number of Homewood businesses and organizations in Central Park. The We Love Homewood Day Parade starts at the Homewood Library and ends in the Edgewood Business District. We Love Homewood Day culminates with the festive street party with a live band in Edgewood. Summer FARMER'S MARKETS The Urban Cookhouse Homewood Farmer's Market (held every Satur- day from May 30th to August 15th (except July 4th) from 8 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in the Soho Parking Lot) and the West Homewood Farmer's Market (opening Tuesday, June 2nd and continuing every Tuesday night in June and July from 5- 8 p.m. with additional dates of August 18th, Sep- tember 15th and October 13th at 160 Oxmoor Road) strive to create an atmosphere the whole family will enjoy. The Urban Cookhouse Farmer's Market began as a partner- ship between Urban Cookhouse, a local eatery featuring locally grown foods, and the Homewood Chamber of Commerce. The market features local farmers selling their fresh-from- the-fi eld produce, as well as local artists, crafters, and jewelers selling their wares. JULY 4TH CELEBRATION (HOMEWOOD TRADITION) Join the City of Homewood as the streets in Downtown Homewood are closed to celebrate the nation's birthday. The annual July 4th Celebration is a fun family atmo- sphere that includes rides, infl atables, and an interactive DJ. Enjoy the perfect location for watching the Thunder on the Mountain fi reworks display launched from Vulcan Park.

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