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Information occasionally changes, please contact the promoter before traveling to a cookoff.

FEB 4, SAN MARCOS, TX - 5th Annual San Marcos Winter Chili Cook Off. TOLBERT. Location: VFW Post 3414, 1701 Hunter Rd. Camping, no hookups. Entry fee: Open Beverage-11, Green Chile-Noon, Jackpot Beans-1, Red Chili-2, Junior Chili-2:30, Open Cast Iron-3. Entry fees: Red & Green Chili-$15 for one, or $20 for both, Beans & Open Cast Iron-$10 each, Open Beverage & Junior Chili-$5 each. Info: Tom Rowe 503-791-6309 or

FEB 11, LOCKHART, TX - Valentine Weekend Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: St Jude Research Hospital. Location: Cedar Hall, 1721 S Commerce (FM 1322 South.) Camping, no hookups. Small live auction. Turn in: Margaritas-11, Salsa-Noon, Beans-1, Tolbert Chili-2, Junior Chili-2:30, Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Entry fees: Margaritas, Salsa, Junior Chili-$5 each, Beans & Ribs - $10 each, Chili & Brisket-$15 each. Info: Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948 or or Kathy Carriger 512-581-1959 or

FEB 25, LULING, TX - 14th Annual American Legion Post 177 Chili & BBQ Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Legion charities. Location: American Legion Post 177, 215 E. Davis St. Camping no hookups. Auction & 50/50 drawing. Dance after the cookoff. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in beans, ribs & brisket. Also People's Choice from 3 to 4. Turn in: Margaritas-Noon, Beans-1, Chili-2, Ribs-3, Brisket-4, People's Choice 3 to 4. Enty fees: Margarita-$10, Chili & Beans-$15 each, Ribs and Brisket-$20 each, no charge for People's Choice. Info: David Radke at the American Legion 830-875-9329 or Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948 or

MAR 4, MAXDALE, TX - Tolbert's Men's State Chili Championship. TOLBERT. Location: Chili Park on FM 2670. Top three Texas Men chili winners are automatically qualified plus 1st place Texas Man's Show. Also Sun cookoff. Camping, limited hookups, $10 per night. Raffling 2 Yetti coolers. Turn in: Black Eyed Peas-Noon, Beans-1, Chili-2. Entry fee: Chili-$25, Beans & Black Eyed Peas - $10 each. Info: Ken Sperry 254-290-1950

MAR 5, MAXDALE, TX - Brazilian Open Chili Cook-off. TOLBERT. Location: Chili Park. Top three chili winners are automatically qualified plus 1st place Show (if 25 cooks are participating.) Also Cookoff on Saturday Camping, some hookups, $10 per night. Turn in: Chili-Noon. Entry fee: $15. Info: Jimmy Smith, 905 Lemonwood St, Harker Heights, TX 76548. 254-698-1081 or

MAR 18, LOCKHART, TX - Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship. TOLBERT. Location: Lockhart City Park, 504 East City Park Rd. Camping, no hookups. Top three Texas chili winners are automatically qualified plus 1st place Texan in Show. Also 3rd Annual Texas State Junior Chili Cookoff. Details to follow. Info: Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948 or 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. Details to follow Info: David Pippin 214-828-9500 Ext 224 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. 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. Details to follow. Info: Kathy Carriger 512-581-1959, VFW-Pete Hoffman 512-284-0357

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 - 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, MINERAL WELLS, TX - VFW Post 2399 Annual Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Homeless Vets Program. Location: 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

JUN 24, BORENE, TX - 7th Annual Chili on the Guadalupe. TOLBERT. Benefits: Hill Country Mission For Health. Location: 201 Timberview, Boerne 78006. Camping, limited electrical hookups. All Dogs must be leashed! Details to follow. Info: Deba Center 210-274-4952, or

JUL 9, ROCKNE, TX - Mollie's Second Annual Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Make A Wish / Central & South Texas. Location: Rockne VFW Post 2527. Also Junior cookoff. Details to follow. Info: Molly Carriger 512-629-5321 or Kathy Carriger 512-581-1959.

OCT 7, GRANBURY, TX - Oktoberfest Bar-B-Que & Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Sgt 1st Riley G Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund. Location: VFW Post 7835, 3670 US Hwy 377. Hosted by the VFW Post and Smokin' & Jokin' Cooking Team. Goody bags for Contestants. Limited RV hookups, first come, first served. Entry fees: Chili-$15, Bloody Mary's and LSBS sanctioned Pinto Beans-$10 each, LSBS BBQ (Chicken, Ribs, Pork Butt & Brisket) - $100 for one or all meats. Cash prizes for BBQ, Bean and Bloody Mary categories plus Grand & Reserve Champions. Info: VFW 817-573-9350.

NOV 2, TERLINGUA, TX - 2nd Annual Tolbert / Mild Bill's International Verde Cookoff. Benefits: ALS. Location: OTICC site, Behind The Whites's Store, just East of Downtown Terlingua. Details to follow. Info:

NOV 3, TERLINGUA, TX - 30th Annual Bob Roberts Memorial BBQ Cookoff, 36th Annual Hal John Wimberly - Frank X Tolbert.. Memorial World Championship B.E.An. & 26th Annual. Clay Henry Memorial World Championship P.E.A.-Off, 7th Annual Jimmy Doherty Memorial Salsa Contest & World's Championship Margarita Mix-Off. Location: Behind The Whites's Store, just East of Downtown Terlingua. Categories: BBQ (Brisket, Chicken, Ribs), Peas, Beans, Salsa and Margaritas. Details to follow. Info: Jimmy Smith BBQ Event Director 254-698-1081 leave a message or

NOV 3, TERLINGUA, TX - One More Try for the 2017 Championship. TOLBERT. Location: Behind The Whites's Store, just East of Downtown Terlingua. Details to follow. No showmanship competition. The top three winners qualify to compete in the Saturday Championship. The cookoff counts like as a regional qualifier for the 2016-2017 chili year, so for those who ended the chili year with only 7 or 8 points, places 4th thru 10 will be awarded 2 points which will mean qualification for the Saturday Championship. Info: Debbie Eiland Turner 972-935-2402 or

NOV 4, TERLINGUA, TX - 51st Annual Original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert - Wick Fowler Memorial Championship. Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. Location: Behind The Whites's Store, just East of Downtown Terlingua. Must be qualified to cook or show to compete. See Thursday & Friday listings details to follow. Info: Kathleen Tolbert Ryan 817-653-0988 or or


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