Chili Competition

Read the official rules and register below.
Online Entry Form

Registration is not complete until payment has been received.  Payment can be made online or mailed to:

Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 716 Smithville, Tx 78957

Pay $25
fee here:
In signing, you agree to adhere to all guidelines as stated in the CASI OFFICIAL RULES, SAFETY & REQUIREMENTS.

Thanks for submitting!

For more information: Marcie Wilhelm – or 512-237-2313.
All contestants will conform to CASI developed formal rules and guideline to encourage
fair and impartial judging of chili and showmanship competition.
Chili may be given away only to people wearing wristbands. This is mandatory. We would love for you to bring your “Throw-Down” chili for public tasting.
• Each cook will have a 10’ X 10’ area. • No electricity is available.
• Potable water is available nearby. Please have containers to transport back to your area. • All teams must provide their own cooking equipment including tables, chairs, sanitation station, hand washing and stove. Our health department does not require a sanitation station at each cook’s area.
• Outside beverages can be brought on the grounds
CASI rules recognize the top 10 in chili and the top 3 in showmanship.
Trophies will be given for the first three places and ribbons will be given for the remaining places. Winners will remain anonymous until the numbers are announced at after judging commences.
Each team will be allowed 2 free admission wristbands. • Each team will receive two complimentary beverage tickets per entry.
• These wristbands will be given to you at check-in. No admission wristbands will be re-issued.
• Check-in begins Saturday, the day of the competition, from 7 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
• Event is located on Main Street in downtown Smithville.
Each team will be responsible for meeting health department regulations for sanitary policy at your booth. Proper hand washing, dish washing and food temperature are to be maintained.
• The sale of any items is not allowed.
• Clean your area before your team leaves. Bag all trash and place in large dumpster or trashcans on grounds. The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce has the right to accept or refuse any entrant
• The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, its officers and agents, employees, and other representatives shall not be held liable for, and they are hereby released from liability for any damages, loss, harm or injury to the person or property of the vendor or any of its officers, agents, employees or other representatives, resulting from theft, fire, water, weather, accident or other cause. The vendor shall indemnify, defend or protect the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce against and hold and save the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce harmless from any and all claims, demands, suits, liability, damages, loss costs, attorney fees and expenses of whatever kind or nature, which might result from or arise out of any action or failure to act on the part of the vendor or any of its officers, agents, employees or other.
Saturday, September 24, 2022.
7:00am-9:30am – Head Cook Meeting: 10am - Turn in time: 1:00pm.
Chili Turn in Time: 1:00pm

Please return this completed registration form and entry fee of $25 to:
Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 716, Smithville, TX 78957.
There is no limit on the the number of Chili Cooking spaces.
All persons meeting registration fees and cook-off requirements are welcome.


You will be required to fill out a CASI entry form on the day of
the event. Filling out this entry form and paying your entry fee guarantees your spot in the cook-off.


Space is 10x10, no electricity, you provide tables, chairs, etc.


Cook’s meeting is at
10am on the date of the event at 110 Main Street in Smithville, TX.


Teams may begin setting up at 7am.
Turn in times are 1pm (veggie chili) and 1pm (meat chili).


Awards ceremony is at 4pm at the music stage.




A. CHILI COOKED ON SITE - All chili must be cooked from scratch on site the day of the cookoff. All chili
must be prepared in the open (no cooking in motor homes, etc.).

1. CHILI COOKED FROM SCRATCH - Scratch is defined as starting with raw meat. No marinating is allowed. Commercial chili powder is permissible, but complete commercial chili mixes ("just add meat";mixes that contain pre-measured spices) are not permitted.

2. NO FILLERS IN CHILI - Beans, macaroni, rice, hominy, or other similar ingredients are not permitted.

3. SANITATION - Cooks are to prepare and cook chili in as sanitary a manner as possible.
a. INSPECTION OF COOKING CONDITIONS - Cooking conditions are subject to inspection by the head
judge or his/her designee and CASI Referee. Failure to comply is subject to disqualification.
b. COOKS MAY HAVE TO TASTE THEIR CHILI - At the discretion of the head judge or CASI Referee, chili
cooks may be required to remove the lids from their chili cups and taste their chili before turning in for
judging. If a contestant refuses, his or her chili will be disqualified.


B. ONE CHILI PER COOK - Each head cook is responsible for preparing one pot of chili that he or she
intends to be judged and turning in one judging cup from that pot. No more than one judging sample
can be taken from any one pot.


C. COOKS MUST SIGN NUMBER SLIPS - Chili cooks must sign their secret ticket slips in ink with their first and last names at the time cups are issued. A cook will not be eligible to win (place in the top 10), if their secret ticket is unsigned when presented. Cooks must present their signed secret ticket to win.

D. PROTECT THE JUDGING CUP - Once judging cups have been issued, each head cook is responsible for his or her judging cup. Cooks must not remove or tamper with the ticket on the outside of the cups. Any marked or altered cup must be replaced prior to turn-in or it will be disqualified. (See Sections A.4 and 5 for cup replacement.)

E. FILLING CUPS - Cups must be filled to ¾ inch from the top of the cup or to the level designated at the
cooks meeting.


F. CHILI TURN-IN - Chili will be turned in at the place and time designated at the cooks meeting or as
otherwise designated by the head judge. (Cook’s meeting: 10am – Veggie chili turn in: 1pm – Meat chili
turn in: 1pm.


G. PYROTECHNICS - No chili contestant may discharge firearms or use any pyrotechnics or explosives at a chili cookoff. Contestants discharging firearms and/or using explosives or other pyrotechnics will be disqualified from the chili cookoff.

H. PENALTIES - Failure to comply with CASI rules will result in disqualification of an individual cook for
the cookoff. Decisions of the official(s) are final. In case of disqualification, the CASI official monitoring
the cookoff will immediately notify the head cook and give a reason for disqualification. In the event
disqualification of a cup of chili occurs after judging has started, it is not necessary that the cook be
located or given an explanation for the disqualification.



A. SHOWMANSHIP ENTRIES - To be judged, contestants must declare their intention to compete in show at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of showmanship. This may be done when signing for the chili judging cup.
1. SHOW TEAMS ALSO MUST ENTER CHILI - Showmanship teams must have a minimum of one cook
entered in the chili competition in order to qualify for showmanship points. The show team captain
must be present during showmanship.
2. ONE NAME PER SHOW TEAM - Showmanship teams must enter all cookoffs in a chili year under one
name and with one mailing address in order to avoid confusion in the recording of showmanship points.
Team names may change at the beginning of the chili year.


B. PERFORMANCE OF SHOWMANSHIP - Hired professional performers will not be allowed in
showmanship competition.
1. PERFORMANCE - Showmanship teams must be limited in their activity so as not to interfere with the
other contestants. Traveling (moving around the cooking area) is allowed, and traveling show teams will be judged while traveling.

2. SHOW STANDARDS - Nudity and lewdness are banned from showmanship. Intentional use by any
contestant will result in disqualification of that team.
3. NO INTERFERENCE WITH SHOW - There will be no outside entertainment or interference (e.g., bands,
performances, etc.) with showmanship during the showmanship period.
4. AMPLIFICATION - Decisions on volume and interference with adjacent show teams are at the
discretion of the head show judge, head judge, and/or CASI official monitoring the cook-off. Failure to
comply with an official request to reduce volume or refrain from otherwise interfering with another show team will result in disqualification of that team.
5. PYROTECHNICS - No showmanship contestant may discharge firearms or use any pyrotechnics or
explosives at a chili cook-off. Contestants discharging firearms and/or using explosives or other
pyrotechnics will be disqualified from the chili cook-off.
6. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - Show teams will not distribute alcoholic beverages to anyone at the cook-off during the show period. If a show team does not comply with this provision, it will be disqualified from the showmanship competition.


C. PENALTIES - Failure to comply with CASI rules is subject to disqualification of the individual show team for that cook-off. In the case of disqualification, the CASI official monitoring the cook-off, head judge, or head showmanship judge immediately must notify the show team captain and give a reason for the disqualification. Decisions of the official(s) are final.


2022 Winners

1st Place: Laney Thomas

2nd Place: Wesley Lucky

3rd Place: Jeff Baur

4th Place: Roland Pate

5th Place: Kevin Stiver

6th Place: Rene Moore

7th Place: Jesse 6 Pack

8th Place: Sandy Thomas

9th Place: Melissa Pate

10th Place: Becca Davis

2021 Winners

1st place: Wesley Luckie

2nd place: Rolland Pate

3rd place: Melissa Pate

4th place: Kristi Knight

5th place: Carol Knight

6th place: Barry Karnei

7th place: Wyman Gilliam

8th place: Stephen Hetzel

9th place: Roger Richards

10th place: Becca Davis


Showmanship winners  

1st: Fire Ant Chili

Wyman Gilliam

2019 Winners

1st place: Jim Reinhardt

2nd place: Cherry Baker

3rd place: Greg Lindsey

4th place: Amy Bruder

5th place: Jessie Waguespack

6th place: Carol Knight

7th place: Mandy Lindsey

8th place: Richard Knight

9th place: Randy Pittman

10th place: Wyman Gilliam


Showmanship winners  

1st: Susan Hosch 

2nd: Scott Saunders 

3rd: Greg Lindsey

People's Choice Winner

Van Zandt Properties