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FEB 15, SAN MARCOS, TX - VFW Post 3413 2nd Annual Winter Chili Cook-Off. TOLBERT. Benefits: VFW charities. Location: 1701 Hunter Rd. Turn in: Bloowy Mary-10:30, Margaritas-11, Green Chili-Noon, Jackpot Beans-1, Tolbert Chili-2, Ribs-3, Chicken-4. Entry fee: Drinks-$5 each, Beans, Ribs & Chicken-$15 each, Chilies-$15 each or both for $20. Info: Tom Rowe 503-791-6309 or

FEB 22, LULING, TX - American Legion Post 177 Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: American Legion Activities. Location: 215 East Davis St. Camping no hookups. Also People's Choice, Noon to 4. Showmanship 2:30 to 3. Auction during awards & 50/50 drawing. Dance following awards, "Straight Country." Turn in: Margaritas-Noon, Beans-1, Chili-2, Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Entry fee: Chili & Beans-$15 each, Margaritas-$10, Brisket & Ribs-$20 each. Info: AL 830-875-9329 or Dwight Hamilton 512-303-0868 or

MAR 1, MAXDALE, TX - Tolbert's Men's State Chili Championship. TOLBERT. Location: Chili Park. 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. Turn in: Peas-Noon, Beans-1, Chili-2. Entry fee: Chili-$20, Beans & Black Eyed Peas, $5 each. Info: David Lazarus or cell 254-394-7695

MAR 2, MAXDALE, TX - Brazilian Open Cookoff. TOLBERT. Location: Chili Park. Top three chili winners are automatically qualified plus 1st place Show. 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 15, LOCKHART, TX - Al Hopkins Tolbert Texas State Chili Championship. TOLBERT. Location: 504 East City Park Rd. Camping, no hookups. Top three Texas chili winners are automatically qualified plus 1st place Texas Show. Music Friday and Saturday nights. Silent auction, 50/50 cash drawings. People's Choice Chili, Kid Fish, Family fun, Food/Drinks - Vendors, Jalapeno Eating Contest, Fiddler Contest, Horsheshoe Tournament. Cash payback (50%) to top 3 BBQ winners. Entry fee: Bloody Mary, Margarita & Salsa- $5 each, Beans-$10, BBQ (Chicken,Spare Ribs, Brisket) & Chili- $20 each, payable to: Central Texas Tolbert Chili Group. Info: Debbi Tucker 5122-542-6672 or or

MAR 22, GLEN ROSE, TX - 8th Annual Tolbert Chili and BBQ Cook Off. TOLBERT. Benefits: American Cancer Society. Location: Trios Rios River Ranch. Camping - Full hook-ups and Cabins. Brisket, Chicken, Pork Butt, Ribs, Beans, Salsa, Fruit Dessert, Appetizer, Margarita, and Bloody Mary's. Cash prize for 1st place ($50), High Point Cook ($200). Info: Lori Nunez 817-781-5082,

APR 5, ROCKNE, TX - Ernest Bartsch Memorial Chili and BBQ Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Bastrop Country Area Scholarship Fund. Location: VFW Post 2527, 1503 Hwy 20. Camping, limited electric hookups. Cooks meeting 10. Prize money for top three BBQ winners. Turn ins: Bloody Mary-11, Margaritas-11:30, Salsa-11:30 Open Meat-Noon, Jackpot (50/50) Beans-1, Chili-2, Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Entry fees: Margaritas & Salsa-$5, Chili, Beans & BBQ categories: $15 per category. Info: Bill Nolte 512-376-0529, Kathy 512-227-6590, VFW-Pete Hoffman 512-284-0357

APR 19, MAXDALE, TX - W.C. Walden Memorial Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Maxdale Chili Park Maint. Fund. Location: Chili Park, on FM 2670. Friday night cooks party. Limited RV hookups-$10 a night. Details later. Info: Vernon Kong 254-290-4553

APR 19, 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. NOTE: Dutch Oven categories have been eliminated due to lack of interest. Entry fee: Chili-$15, Beans, Dessert, Margaritas & Bloody Marys-$5 each, Brisket-$15, Ribs, Pork Butt & Chicken-$10 each. Info: Vick Graham 817-239-1135

APR 26, AUSTIN, TX - American Legion Post 83 Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. DATE CHANGE FROM MAY 17TH. Location: Legion Post 83, 4401 St. Elmo Rd. Also Sunday cookoff. Merchandise & certificates for top 10 chili and top 2 showmanship. Final table awards. Turn in: Bloody Mary-11:30, Margaritas-Noon, Beans-1, Chili-2, Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Entry fee: Chili & Brisket-$15 each, Ribs & Beans-$10 each, Bloody Mary & Margaritas-$5 each, payable to; SAL's Post 83. Info: Dwight Hamilton 512-512-507-4948 or

APR 27, AUSTIN, TX - American Legion Post 83 Sunday Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. DATE CHANGE FROM MAY 18TH. Location: Legion Post 83, 4401 St. Elmo Rd. Also Saturday cookoff. 1st place chili wins Cajun Injection Electric Smoker, merchandise & certificates for other places. Turn in: Chili-1. Entry fee: $20, payable to; SAL's Post 83. Info: Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948 or

MAY 3, BASTROP, TX - Ronnie's One Oak Bar Bar-B-Q & Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. Benefits: Bastrop Food Bank. Location: 816 FM 1441. Overnight Camping, no hookups. Silent auction, donations appreciated and 50/50 drawing. GRIND ONLY CHILI. Cash prizes for BBQ entries. Cooks meeting: 10am. Turn in: Bloody Mary's-11, Jackpot Pinto Beans-Noon, 1/2 Chicken-1, Junior Chili-1:30, Tolbert Chili-2, Spare Ribs-3, Brisket-4. Entry fee: Chili, Chicken, Ribs & Brisket-$15 each, Beans, Junior Chili-$10 each, Bloody Mary's-$5. Info: Ronnie 512-321-0016 or Bubba Thorp 512-304-8630 or or Dwight Hamilton 512-303-0868

JUN 21, BOERNE, TX - Chili on the Guadalupe. TOLBERT. Benefits: Hill Country Mission for Health. Location: 201 Timber View. Camping, no hookups. All Dogs must be leashed! Music! Pot Luck Dinner Friday 8 PM, fajitas provided, bring a dish to share. 4th Annual Duck Race. Silent auction, donations welcome. Turn in: Friday night: Salsa-7pm, Beans-7:30pm; Saturday: Bloody Marys-11, Deviled Eggs-Noon, Tolbert Chili-2, Junior Chili-2:30, Chicken-4. Entry fee: Salsa, Bloody Marys & Junior Chili-$5 each, Beans, Deviled Eggs & Chicken-$10 each, Chili-$15. Info: Deba Center 210-274-4952,, see for a map.

JUL 5, KINGSLAND, TX - 2014 Aqua Boom & 6th Annual State Championship Barbecue Cookoff. TOLBERT. Location: Kingland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill. Dry camping. Details to follow. Info: Cheryl O'Marley 325-248-3623 or, for chili Debbi Tucker 512-284-4097 or

JUL 26, CANYON LAKE, TX - 11th Annual Canyon Lake Bar-Be-Cue and Chili Cookof. TOLBERT. Location: Dam Red Barn (Sattler). Details to follow. Info: BBQ Billy Bob or Reva Weatherly 830-899-7150 or cell 830-832-3219 or; chili Dwight Hamilton 512-507-4948

SEPT 27, BLANCO, TX - 44th Ladies State Chili Championship. TOLBERT. Location: Yett Memorial Park, 1813 US HWy 281 S. REGULAR DATE CHANGE DUE TO RULE CHANGE PASSED TO HAVE EVENT MOVED INTO REGULAR CHILI YEAR. Details later. Info: Susie Higgins 512-558-1321 or 512-396-4456 or

SEPT 27, ROCKNE, TX - Last Chance Chili / BBQ Cook-Off. TOLBERT. Location: Changed this year. Details to follow. Info: Debbi Tucker 512-284-4097 or

SEPT 27, SAN ANGELO, TX - 40th Annual Armed Forces International Chili Cook-Off. TOLBERT. Location: Goodfellow Rec Camp. Open to Active Duty & Retired Military and DOD Civilians. Top 3 winners qualify for Tolbert's Terlingua. Details to follow. Info: Harry Gilbert 325-944-1012 or 

OCT 30, TERLINGUA, TX - Tolbert's Terlingua Last Chance Chili Cookoff. TOLBERT. Location: Tolbert Championship cookoff site. Open to all who are not qualified to compete at the 2013 Championship. Entry fee: $25. No showmanship competition. Top three winners are qualified to compete at the Saturday championship. For those who ended the chili year with only 7 points, places 4th thru 10 will be awarded 2 points for the old chili year. You must contact the Tallymaster Richard Willis after placing to be officially qualified for Saturdays championship. Info: Debbie Eiland Turner 972-351-0022 or

OCT 31, TERLINGUA, TX - 27th Annual Bob Roberts Memorial BBQ Cookoff, 33rd Annual Hal John Wimberly - Frank X Tolbert. Memorial World Championship B.E.An. & 23rd Annual. Clay Henry Memorial World Championship P.E.A.-Off, Location: Behind The Whites's Store, just East of Downtown Terlingua. BECAUSE OF THE BURN BAN, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE MANDATORY for each campsite. Open to all. Entry fee: $25 per category (Brisket, Chicken, Ribs), $10 per category (Peas, Beans, Salsa, Margaritas). Info: Jimmy Smith BBQ Event Director 254-698-1081 or 

NOV 1, TERLINGUA, TX - 48th 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. BECAUSE OF THE BURN BAN, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE MANDATORY for each campsite. Chili Cookoff for qualified cooks, with a welcome for chili cookers from all organizations, such as Tolbert, ICS, CASI, etc. Nightly musical entertainment. See Thursday & Friday listings under Chili & BBQ for other events or for schedule of events & bands. Chili turn in: High Noon. Info: Kathleen Tolbert Ryan 817-653-0988 or


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