Five weekend events you won't want to miss

Friday, February 21, 2014 | 6:38 p.m. CST

1. Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff

Where: Central Missouri Events Center
When: 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Details: The chili cookoff will feature 48 teams battling for the title of Grand Champion Chili. Attendees can sample as many varieties of chili as they would like while benefiting the Boys and Girls Club.

2. Gospel Explosion and Soul Food Dinner Musical Celebration
Where: St. Luke United Methodist Church
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Free
Details: The Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Gospel Explosion will celebrate Black History Month with local and regional musical acts. Attendees can feast on a soul food dinner.

3. 84th Annual MSHSAA Wrestling Championships
Where: Mizzou Arena
When: Continues Friday and Saturday
Cost: $8 per session
Details: High school wrestlers are competing in the MSHSAA Wrestling Championships. Spectators can see moves by athletes  in different classes from across Missouri.

4. Show-Me State Games Mpix Hoopin’ It Up Basketball
Where: Mizzou Student Recreation Center and other facilities as needed
When: Friday through Sunday
Cost: $8 for adults, Free for youths
Details: Columbia residents who love the Show-Me State Games in the summer can come to this February basketball game. Boys and girls teams from grades 3 to 8 will compete to raise funds for the summer games.

5. Tough Old Bird: Silent Auction Tribute to Naoma Powell
Where: Access Arts
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free
Details: This reception will honor the late Naoma Powell, supporter of the arts and Access Arts founder and director. The items sold in the online Tough Old Bird silent auction will be on display, which include artwork, books and personal items of Powell’s. Winners will be able to claim their items.

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