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APR 1, LULING, TX - 28th Annual Roughneck Chili & BBQ Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Luling Oil Museum. Location: Downtown on Davis St. IBCA BBQ competition, cash prizes for BBQ. Also Oil City Car Show, music, food, arts & crafts vendors. Turn in: Friday night: Salsa-7pm, Margarita-7:30pm, Open Category (Any meat or seafood, except thoses in categories on Saturday)-8pm, Saturday: Chicken-Noon, Chili-1, Pork Spare Ribs-1:30, Jackpot Beans-2:30, Beef Brisket-3. Entry fee:Chili-$23, Jackpot Beans, Salsa & Margaritas-$20 each, Open-$50, Brisket, Chicken, Ribs-$50 each or all 3 for $125, Everything-$230, payable to Luling Oil Museum. Go to for entry form and rules. Info: Trey Bailey 830-875-3214 *4,, Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948 or

APR 2, DALLAS, TX - 4th Annual KNON Chili Cookoff & Concert. TOLBERT. Benefits: KNON 89.3 FM Non-Profit Community Radio. Location: Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd. Cooks meeting at 10. Starring Ramsay Midwood, Steve Griggs and the Texas Renegade Radio crew. Turn in: Noon, Showmanship 10:30 to 11:30. Entry fee (register at One Chili entry - $25 (receives 2 concert tickets), Two Chili entries on a team - $35 (receives 3 concert tickets.) Individual concert tickets: $15. Info: David Pippin 214-828-9500 Ext 224 or or

APR 8, GRAFORD, TX - 4th Annual Graford Relay for Life Spring Fling. TOLBERT. Benefits: Relay for Life American Cancer Society. Location: Downtown. Camping, no hookups. Also Dessert Bake Off. Kids Activities, Bounce House, Horseshoe Tournament, Cow Patty Bingo. Entry fees: Chili, Brisket, Pork Butt, Ribs, Chicken, Wild Game - $15 each, Margaritas, Bloody Marys, Sangria, Salsa, Beans, Youth - $5 each, Dutch Oven Bread, Dutch Oven Dessert - $10 each, or all for $120. Info: Jessica McKee 940-329-1480

APR 8, ROCKNE, TX - Ernest Bartsch Memorial Chili and BBQ Cook Off.

APR 15, ROCKNE, TX - Ernest Bartsch Memorial Chili and BBQ Cook Off. TOLBERT. Benefits: Bastrop & Cedar Creek Area Student Scholarships. Location: VFW Post 2527, 1503 Hwy 20. Camping, limited electric hookups, contact Kathy to reserve a spot. Cooks meeting 10. Turn in: Bloody Mary-11, Margarita-11:30, Open Meat-Noon, Jackpot Beans (50% payback), Tolbert Chili-2, Junior Chili-2:30, Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Showmanship-2:35. Entry fee: Tolbert Chili, BBQ categories, Jackpot Beans-$15 each, Drinks & Junior Chili-$5 each. Info: Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948 or or, VFW-Pete Hoffman 512-284-0357

APR 15, WEATHERFORD, TX - VFW 4746 Spring Fling Chili & Bar-B-Q Cookoff. TOLBERT. Location: VFW Post, 224 Zion Hill Rd. Also BBQ competitions. Cooks party Friday night. Camping area & limited hookups. Entry fee: Chili-$15, Beans, Dessert, Margaritas, Salsa, Appetizers & Bloody Marys-$5 each, Brisket-$15, Ribs, Pork Butt & Chicken-$10 each. Info: Vick Graham 817-239-1135

APR 22, MAXDALE, TX - W.C. Walden Memorial Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Chili Park Maint. Fund. Location: Chili Park, on FM 2670. Friday night cooks party. Limited RV hookups-$10 a night. Turn in: Bloody Mary-10, Margaritas-10:30, Pork Ribs-11, Chicken-Noon, Beans-1, Chili-2, Brisket-3. Entry fee: Drinks-$5 each, Ribs, Chicken, Beans-$10 each, Chili & Brisket-$15. Info: Ken Sperry 254-690-3134 or or Vernon Kong 254-290-4553

APR 29, CORSICANA, TX 42nd Annual Derrick Days. TOLBERT. Location: Downtown, 100 N Main Street. Also Junior Chili Cookoff (7-17). Camping/Parking on site with $50 fee, limit 2 sites, does not include cooking entry fees. Area set aside for Day cookers, no site fees. NO DOGS OR OTHER PETS, GLASS CONTAINERS, ATV'S GOLF CARTS, MULES, ETC ALLOWED on the festival grounds. Entry fee: Chili, Beans & Brisket - $15 each, or all three for $50. Register on line for overlight parking and cookoff entries. Info: for event Heather Wasinger - Corsicana Derrick Days 903-229-0003 or or chili judging Debbie Eiland Turner 972-935-2402 or

MAY 6, LOCKHART, TX - 1st Annual Lockhat FFA Booster Club BBQ/Chili Cook-Off. TOLBERT. Benefits: FFA Booster Club. Location: Anton Auction Yard, 10615 South US Hwy 183. Camping, no hookups, must be self contained. Gates open for check in Friday May 5 at 10:00 AM. Live and Silent Auction, Raffle, 50/50 tickets, Washer & Horseshoe Tournaments (hosted by Lockhart FFA Chapter.) Tolbert Chili and LSBS BBQ categories.

MAY 6, MINERAL WELLS, TX - Ghost Busters Chili/BBQ Cook Off. TOLBERT. Benefits: Homeless Vets Program. Location: Post 2399, 1400 SE Veterans of Foreign Wars St. Camper & cooker parking on east side of VFW, extra parking & camping on west side, no hookups. Silent Auction (bring an item for a chance to win $50 cash), 33/33/34 Pot Raffle. Friday night Hors Devours competition, $20 entry, winner takes pot. Cooks Social at 9pm, after Bingo. Cooks meeting 9am. Best Pit & Showmanship at 10:20 to 12:30. Turn in: Beans-11, Salsa-11:30, Pork Butt, Bloody Mary & Margaritas - Noon, Brisket-12:30, Ribs-1, Chicken -1:30, Chili-2. Entry fee: Drinks & Salsa -$5 each, Beans-$10, All other categories-$15 each. Info: VFWPost or facebook VFW Post 2399 or 940-325-1470

MAY 13, BASTROP, TX - 13th Annual Ronnie's One Oak Bar Chili & Bar-B-Q Cook-Off. TOLBERT. Benefits: David Rachui Medical Fund. Location: 816 FM 1441 (512-321-0016). Overnight Camping, no hookups. Silent auction, donations appreciated and 50/50 drawing. Turn in: Bloody Mary's-10, Salsa-11,Chicken-Noon, Beans-1, Junior Chili-1:30, Tolbert Chili-2, Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Entry fee: Chili-$15, Chicken, Ribs & Brisket-$20 each, Beans-$10 each, Jr Chili, Bloody Mary's & Salsa-$5 each. Info: Bubba Thorp 512-304-8630 or

MAY 20, MANCHACA, TX - 13th Annual I.P. (Sarge) Bell & Rory Martin Memorial VFW Post 3377 Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: VFW Youth Scholarship Fund. Location: 12921 Lowden Ln. Camping, no hookups. Karaoke Friday night. 50/50 & Firearm Raffle. Cooks Meeting 10 am. Turn in: Bloody Mary's-Noon, Beans-1, Chili-2, Pork Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Entry fee: Chili & Brisket-$15 each, Beans & Ribs-$10 each, Bloody Mary-$5. Info: VFW 512-282-5664 or Head Judge Kerry Weir 512-751-5541 or, Chairperson Linda Weir 512-751-3827 or Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948

MAY 27, HALTOM CITY, TX - Shotgun Showdown Chili/BBQ Cook Off. TOLBERT. Location: Post 9190, 5001 Old Denton Rd. (817-281-3903) Details to follow. Info: or Tracie Frink 214-460-7610.

JUN 3, LOCKHART, TX - 14th Annual Chisholm Trail Roundup BBQ & Chili Cook-Off. TOLBERT. Benefits: Lockhart Chamber of Commerce activities. Location: 504 East City Park Rd. Also Lone Star Barbecue Society cookoff, mandatory cooks meeting Friday 7:30pm. Chili Cooks meeting Saturday at 10 am. Turn in: Chicken-Noon, Pinto Beans-1, Best Pit 1 to 2, Pork Spare Ribs-1:30, Chili-2, Showmanship-2:30 to 3:15, Brisket-3. Entry fee: Chili-$15, Beans-$10. BBQ - $175 or $150 if paid by May 29th (Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs, Chicken), must cook all three. Info: Chamber of Commerce 512-398-2818, for entry form & rules or Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948 or

JUN 10, AUSTIN, TX - Sons of The American Legion Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. Location: Knebel Post 83, 4401 St. Elmo Rd, at Todd Lane. RV parking, no hookups. Live music after awards on Saturday. Turn in: Bloody Mary-Noon, Beans-1, Chili-2, Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Entry fees: Bloody Mary-$5, Beans-$10 each, Chili, Brisket & Ribs-$15 each. Info: Ken Rodd 210-887-8827 or

JUN 10, HURST, TX - Taste of the "V" Chili/ BBQ Cook Off. TOLBERT. Location: Post 4695, 118 Harmon Rd. (817-282-9071) Details to follow. Info: Tracie Frink 214-460-7610.

JUN 24, BOERNE, TX - 7th Annual Chili on the Guadalupe. TOLBERT. Benefits: HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). Location: 201 Timberview, Boerne 78006. Camping, RV's. trailers, tents, water available. All Dogs must be leashed! Located on the river, float, paddle, sit in the water, fish. Plus Music! 50/50, Chicken Shit Bingo. 6th Annual Duck Race. NOTE CHANGE OF CATEGORIES. Turn in: Bloody Marys-11, Beans-Noon, Tolbert Chili-2, Junior Chili-2:30, Margarita-3. Entry fee: Junior Chili-$5, Drinks and Beans $10 each, Chili-$15. Info: Call or text Deba Center 210-274-4952, or


JUL 8, BENBROOK, TX - Taste of Freedom Chili/BBQ Cook Off. TOLBERT. Location: Post 10429, 1000 Stevens Dr. (817-249-6470) Details to follow. Info: Tracie Frink 214-460-7610.

JUL 8, ROCKNE, TX - Mollie's Second Annual Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Make A Wish / Central & South Texas. Location: Rockne VFW Post 2527. Info: Molly Carriger 512-629-5321 or Kathy Carriger 512-581-1959.

AUG 12, WHITE SETTLEMENT, TX - Post 5617 Chili/BBQ Showdown. TOLBERT. Location: Post 5617, 580 S Cherry Ln.(817-246-0891) Details to follow. Info: Tracie Frink 214-460-7610.

SEPT 9, WEATHERFORD, TX - Smokin Guns Chili/BBQ Cook Off. Location: VFW Post, 224 Zion Hill Rd. Also BBQ competitions. Details to follow. Info: Vick Graham 817-239-1135

End of 2016-2017 chili year
NOV 2, TERLINGUA, TX - 2nd Annual Tolbert / Mild Bill's International Verde Cookoff.

NOV 3, TERLINGUA, TX - Friday Cookoffs. Details to follow.

NOV 3, TERLINGUA, TX - One More Try for the 2017 Championship. Details to follow. NOTE: Moved to Friday, not Thursday as in past.

NOV 4, TERLINGUA, TX - 51st Annual Original Terlingua International Championship Chili Cookoff. Details to follow.


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