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The following rules are to be adhered to by all cook-off cooks, judges and/or assistants:

  1. True chili is defined as any kind of meat or combination of meats cooked with chili peppers, various other spices and other ingredients.

  2. There is no entrance fee. However, if you'd like to contribute $3.00 towards the prizes, it would be greatly appreciated. Contestants may enter more than one (1) batch of chili. There will be an award for first, 2nd and 3rd place and all winner's pictures will be featured on the this web site, Facebook, Instagram and twitter.

  3. All ingredients must be pre-cooked prior to the event – chili is to be brought ready to eat. Contestants set-up is between 3 & 3:30 PM. Judging with samples and voting begins at 4 PM. At the end, between 5 - 6 PM ballots will be counted and winners will be announced and prizes given. Pictures will be taken (if too dark, pics will take place the next day).

  4. Contestants are responsible for supplying all of their own utensils and products related to their chili submission and maintenance of its proper temperature for serving. An electrical outlet will be available for each entry and a crockpot is recommended. Spoons and cups for use in serving chili to the general public will be provided. Condiments will not be provided.

  5. Each contestant must cook a minimum of two to three (2-3) quarts of competition chili (absolute max is 4 quarts). The rest of the campground are the judges.

  6. Each contestant will be assigned a “contestants number” by the scorekeeper. Contestants cannot tell others which is their entry(s) and may not stand behind their entry or tell anyone which is their entry(s). Voting is based on the quality of the chili only and blind judged.

  7. Judging will be based on score cards which are numbered. 100% will be from scorecards from “people’s choice.”

  8. Each contestant is responsible for policing and cleaning up the area at the end of the day and removing all items from the area. There will not be an area for cleaning of dishes. No items shall be allowed to remain after the close of the Cook-off.

Chili Cook-off Judging 


In this competition, the chili will be blind judged (no one knows the identity of the cook) and scorecards will be based on the following six characteristics: 

  1. Texture: The texture of the meat shall not be tough or mushy

  2. Flavor: The chili should have good flavoring and chili pepper taste (not too hot or too mild)

  3. Consistency: Chili should be a smooth combination of meat and gravy not too thin or too thick

  4. Spice and taste: Blending of the spices and how well they have permeated the meat

  5. Aroma: This will be a personal preference of the judges

  6. Color: The submitted chili should look appetizing

There will be a ballot box for people to score the chili of their choice. Scorecards will be collected at the end of the judging and tallied and that score added to the final tally.  

Old Town Campground will provide the small cups and spoons for sampling chili. After sampling and voting, fill up on any of the chili's with your own bowls as well as the other foods that have been brought to compliment the chili entries. Paper plates will be provided or you can use your own.

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