The Arkansas State Championship Hillbilly Chili Cookoff will be held on September 8, 2012. This one day event will feature live music, live radio broadcasts, multiple arts and crafts vendors, numerous food and drink vendors, raffles, chili tasting and tons of fun for everyone. Chili cooks from Arkansas and surrounding states will be competing for trophies and cash prizes and a chance to represent Arkansas at the International Chili Society's World Championships which will take place in Charleston, Kentucky on October 5th this year where cooks will compete for a total prize package of $55,000.
The International Chili Society has operated for 55 years and this is the inaugural year for Home Style Chili. There is no restriction or requirement as to the ingredients for Home Style Chile, but the entry must be homemade and have a chili pepper flavor.
"We are excited to have the first ever Home Style Chili cooking contest sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Everyone I know has a favorite secret recipe or grandma's recipe for good old Chili. Now we have an opportunity to let people show off their chili cooking skills and give them a chance to win cash and bragging rights as Arkansas's Best Home Style Chili! The Hillbilly Chili Cookoff is a great event that attracts thousands of annual visitors. Chili Cooks, Vendors and Partner/sponsors make it incredibly successful each year. We welcome new cooks and vendors and hope to have many new partners this year," said Mark Dobbs, Chairman of the Hillbilly Chili Cookoff.
The Hillbilly Chili Cookoff, is organized and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bull Shoals-Lakeview and all proceeds from the event will benefit several local charities including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, academic and vocational scholarship programs, 3rd Grade Dictionary Project for Flippin Elementary students, a CHOICES program for local middle school kids, the Flippin High School Interact Club, and others.
A day pass to the event will be available at the gate for only $3 per person (children under 12 are free). It is a dog friendly event and there will be a cutest dog contest during the event and all dogs that enter the park must be registered for the event for $1 each.