Chili Cook-Off Information


10th Annual Chili Cook – Off
Sunday, August 25, 2019


  • Contest will be located in the beer stand.
  • Competition is limited to first 25 contestants.
  • You may enter as a single or as a team.
  • There is a $10.00 entry fee (nonrefundable)
  • You may start cooking at 8:00 a.m.
  • Judging is at/about 1:00 p.m.
  • Based on the number of entries, there will be a minimum of two judges and no more than 5 judges.
  • Tasting bowls will be sold to the public beginning at 1:15p.m.
  • There will be a $2.00 donation per bowl. (Proceeds to promote/enhance chili cook-off)


  • Chili must be prepared from scratch and cooked on site.
  • Minimum 8 quarts of chili.
  • At/about 1:00 p.m., Chili staff will bring cups to your locations for samples.
  • You must be willing to taste your own chili.


  • Cooking stove and fuel/propane, electric is available but in short supply.
  • Cooking pot, cutting board, knife, water, cooler (for meat and perishables).
  • Paper towels, spoons, can opener, and whatever it takes to make up a batch of chili.
  • The Fair will provide tables (two contestants per table)

JUDGING CRITERA – Competition chili is blind judged on the following criteria. Each criteria is assigned a value of 10 points. Top score would be 50 points (per judge)

  • Aroma – Chili should smell appetizing
  • Consistency – Chili should be a smooth combination of meat and gravy
  • Red Color – Chili should look appetizing.
  • Taste – Chili should taste good.
  • Aftertaste – Chili should leave a pleasant taste after swallowing.
  • All Prizes/Winners will be announced at 1:45.



  • Basic equipment for chili cooking. Showmanship team/individuals must enter the chili cook-off competition.
  • Decorations, props, costumes, musical instruments, giveaways, and any other equipment or gear to be used in your theme.


  • Theme – Show subject, topic or context should be original
  • Costume – Show costumes should promote the show theme
  • Booth Setup – Show site should promote the show theme
  • Action – Show should be action – oriented
  • Audience Appeal – Show should be entertaining to audience


  • Must enter chili cook-off.
  • No nudity, lewdness, or skullduggery.
  • No firearms, dynamite, or explosives of any kind.
  • May use battery powered amplification with limited volume so as not to interfere with other contestants.
  • Judging will take place at/about 1:00 p.m.
  • Judges for chili cook-off will also judge for showmanship.


  • First Prize - $100.00 (Best Chili)
  • Runner-Up - $50.00 (Second Best Chili)
  • Showmanship - $50.00

There will be no parking allowed inside the cooking area. Contestants may enter through the gate off of Peotone - Wilmington Rd. to unload gear. Someone will be at the gate at 8:00 a.m. to let you in and check your registration into the contest.