It's one of the first signs that baseball season is almost here, and not even the Astros can steal it.
Montgomery County's own little slice of baseball heaven, the Bottomley-Ruffing-Schalk Baseball Museum in Nokomis is ready to help salute the spirit of the game with their annual Chili Warm-Up, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the museum. The annual event brings out baseball fans of all ages for a little lunch and conversation about the national pastime before the season gets underway.
The serving of the chili will begin at 11 a.m. and donations will be taken to benefit the museum, which is located at 121 West State Street in Nokomis.
Entry forms for the 12th Annual BRS Museum Home Run 50/50 Contest will also be available at the event. The contest is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the museum, drawing over 100 contestants each year.
Participants are invited to pick baseball players from five different tiers, with monthly and season prizes handed out to the participant with the most home runs during that span. Last year's overall winner took home more than $160.
The cost per entry is $10 and participants are allowed to have as many entries as they would like.
The deadline to enter this year's contest is March 26. Entry forms and more information are also available at www.brsmuseum.org.
Memberships are also available to the BRS Museum, which includes The Bull Pen newsletter. Memberships are $15 for one year or $25 for two years.