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17th Annual Chili Cook-Off

OPSU is thrilled to announce the 17th Annual Chili Cook-Off! Mark your calendars for November 4th, starting at 1 p.m., for a fun afternoon filled with good chili and Aggie Football. Ready to show off your chili-making skills? Sign up now to participate in the cook-off! Explore our guidelines and access the sign-up sheet below.


Contestant Guidelines:

  • Contest will be Saturday, November 4th, 2023, prior the Panhandle State football game (4 p.m. kickoff).
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Entry deadline is Monday, October 30th.
  • Contestants must provide three gallons of chili for judging and taste testing.
  • Four chili judges will choose the top three entries for “Best Chili” and “Best Presentation.” In addition, the public will vote for one “People’s Choice” award.
  • Contestants must provide their own heating elements. NO electricity will be available.
  • Recipes are not required, but they would be a nice addition to the presentation area.
  • Contestants will be assigned a place in the Tailgate spot, and each team will have only about 10′ frontage.
  • You may begin setting up at your designated Tailgate spot as early as 12 p.m.
  • One rectangular 8′ table will be available for each team.
  • Panhandle State will provide sample cups/bowls and utensils.
  • For safety reasons, you may be asked to sample your own chili prior to judging and serving to the public.
  • Winners will be announced at halftime of the game and presented with awards. Please plan to stay so we can honor your team!

Deadline to enter is October 30th at 4:30 p.m.