October 1st, 2022

Tasting starts at Noon

Become a Sponsor

It’s Chili Time Wichita!

Plan NOW to make your company part of one of Wichita's oldest and biggest events when the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff erupts in the heart of downtown Wichita for the 34th consecutive year of one of the grandest street party and fundraising events in town.

With teams from Kansas and surrounding states (80+ teams expected this year), the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff has been a Wichita tradition for 34 years. Since 2005 when the Wagonmasters took over the event and brought it back Downtown, the event has exploded with a renewed level of enthusiasm by contestants and attendees alike.

Since the return to Douglas Avenue the crowds have responded in great numbers. And, the best part… the weather doesn't matter! Hot, mild or even cold, it's chili weather! We expect the crowd to be over 9,000 strong and all of them eager to taste some of the best chili in the Midwest!

We award over $5,000 prize money in different categories, with the Grand Champion taking home $1,000 in a contest that judges not only their chili but booth design and spirit as well. For the second year contestants have the opportunity to enter a team in the Chili for Charity category and win $500 for their favorite charity.

As a sponsor you are encouraged to form your own team. In fact, with your paid sponsorship you receive free entry for your team. This is a great team building event and a great venue for promoting your company through team participation. You will be pleased with the recognition that the cook-off brings as well as the fun your employees will have. And, a team booth is a great opportunity to display your brand and provide giveaways and literature.

Got Questions?

We're happy to help. Email us at sponsorship@wagonmasterschili.com or you can use the handy-dandy contact form below.


Chili Sponsorship Opportunities

*Limited availability applies to some levels and/or components. Don't be late! It's all first come!

Benefit Components
What Your Company Benefits From As A Sponsor
Presenting Sponsor $10,000 Platinum Sponsor $5,000 Gold Sponsor $2,500 Hot Chili Partner $1,000 Friend of Chili $500
Event stage banner recongizing your company to headline the stage X        
Professional chef & ingredients provided to lead your Chili team X        
Company logo placement on print materials & promotional posters X X      
Television & Radio inclusion by KSN and Entercom Broadcasting partners X X      
Banner recognition on stage during Chili X X X    
Company name listing on print materials & promotional posters X X X X  
Company mention in pre-event radio teasers X X X    
Company name displayed during Chili X X X X  
Sponsorship level designation in event PA announcements and media releases X X X    
Mention in event PA announcements during Chili X X X X  
Recognition in WDDC and CVB publications identifying your company X X X    
Official Chili event aprons for cooking team participants X X X X  
Corporate product giveaway opportunity during Chili X X X X  
Complimentary competitor booth space for your Chili team(s) X X X X X
Complimentary Tasting Kits you can distribute to customers and employees 100 50 25 15 5


Imprint on Tasting Kit bags distributed to Chili attendees X X      
Imprint on Chin Wipin' napkins included in all Tasting Kigs X X      
Logo on sleeve of official Chili event t-shirt X X      
Signange designating your company as the Beer Garden sponsor X X X    
Sponsorship signage for Face Painting and Fire Truck ride areas for kids X X X X  
Sponsorship signage designating your company as the Condiment Station sponsor X X X X  
Recognition as sponsor of Pepper Eating Contest X X X X  
Recognition as sponsor of Ms Chili Pepper competition X X X X  
Recognition as sponsor of Mr Hot Stuff competition X X X X  

Note: All opportunities related to print or media inclusion are time sensitive and sponsorships paid after August 15, 2022 may not be included.

Gain even more exposure as a sponsor - get your team signed up today. There are 6 categories you can enter - No-Beans, Anything Goes, Red Chili, Chili Verde, Salsa, and Chili for Charity (non-profits only). You do not want to bypass this great opportunity for team building and fun within your company! And, what a great way to highlight your company to thousands of Wichitans through sampling, bounce-backs and more. Get more info on competing as a team.

Download the Sponsorship Opportunity Flyer
Download the Sponsorship Agreement Document