Petrack Park on Saturday will be ground zero for some of the best prepared chili in Nevada, as the 6th annual Silver State Chili Cook-off returns.
The event is a benefit for Pahrump’s No To Abuse agency.
Organizer Ron Frazier said the contestants will have a later start time this year.
There are prizes up for grabs for the International Chili Society (ICS) entrants as well as for the amateurs.
“It gives the amateur cooks enough time to get their entries into the judges for judging,” he said. “This year we will start serving chili at 10 a.m., because 9 a.m. was a little bit early. They will start firing up the stove for the International Chili Society at 9 o’clock. The final judging for that will be at 3 p.m.”
At present, roughly 20 ICS contestants have entered the cook-off, while 15 amateurs have signed on to compete.
Aside from local contestants, several are also coming in from Las Vegas.
The top prize for the ICS entry is $1,000. Frazier said the second-place winner earns $300, while the third-place prize is $150.
“For the amateurs, the prize is $100 for Judges’ Choice and $100 for People’s Choice,” he said. “We also have a lot of new vendors that are coming and a lot of amateur cooks. This year we plan on having plenty of chili for everyone to taste all day. We also have a car show happening and the cars will start arriving around 9 a.m. so if people come early, they will have something to see.”
Additionally, Frazier said he’s lined up several celebrity judges to rate the chili.
“We have a bunch of celebrity judges coming from Henderson and Las Vegas,” he said. “Of course we still have local…
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