September 28, 2024

Tasting starts at Noon


Information for Teams in the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff

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 one of the grandest street party and fundraising events in town.

Chili Cookoff Success Ingredients:

  • Douglas Avenue location in the heart of downtown Wichita
  • The anticipated 80+ teams competing in a variety of fun categories
  • Huge crowds of the friendliest folks around
  • Gallons and gallons of great chili (of course beverages are available!)
  • Sponsorship opportunities intertwined to bring attendees and sponsors together

You! Yeah, You! Enter a team! Invest as a sponsor!

Team Information

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To register your team there are two options, you can use our online system and Enter Your Team Here or you can print out the  Team Entry Form and send it in.


Details for Your Chili Team

Download and view the Booth Layout and Packing List document for your team at the Chili Cookoff.

Step 1: Visit the Rules page for complete information on the categories, rules for entry, to see how chili is judged, and the prize money your team can take home.

Step 2: Take advantage of this huge opportunity for team building and choose your category:

  • No-Beans About It   It's what it says - don't put beans in it!
  • Anything Goes:   Just as easily explained - anything you want!
  • Chili Verde:   defined as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with green chili peppers, various spices, and other ingredients, with the exception of beans and pasta which are strictly forbidden. No garnish is allowed
  • Red Chili:  defined as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices, and other ingredients, with the exception of beans and pasta which are strictly forbidden. No garnish is allowed.
  • Salsa:   You don't know what salsa is? Come on!  Salsa must be homemade by the contestant whose name appears on the Contestant Application. It may be brought to the site that day if it meets health‐code requirements or it may be prepared at the Cookoff. Judges will consider aroma, appearance, texture, blend, and overall taste.
  • Chili For Charity:   This category is open to Non-Profits so you can share your message and win dollars to support your mission.
  • Restaurants:   Open to any licensed restaurant that wants to show off.
    And don't forget about prizes for Cecille Kallenberger's Team Spirit, Best Booth, and the coveted Grand Champion!!

Step 3: Contact Mike Metz at 316-207-2890, or Team Coordinator at

Step 4: Make it fun. Form a committee and turn them loose to lay out your booth for the Best Booth prize money and develop promotional ideas to promote your company. Make the day one to remember.

Here are some insights to get you started

  • The streets will be lined with competitor booths and each team will be provided with a marked space approximately 20 feet wide. This will allow adequate room for your stove, prep table, serving table and all supplies.
  • All teams will be required to adhere to the requirements for safe and sanitary food handling as outlined by the Sedgwick County Health Department. View the Booth Layout and Supplies List.
  • In addition to your competitive chili (see rules), please bring or prepare at least 20 gallons of chili for public tasting (30 to 40 is recommended) in your bid to win the Sharon Sawyer's People's Choice prize. This draws your prospective customers to your booth, highlighting your company or cause. You can't collect enough tokens to win if you don't have plenty of chili to serve!

Why do the Wagonmasters do this? As civic-minded business executives we have one purpose; to promote the good life in Wichita. With help from the Wichita Community Foundation, the money raised at this event funds our Good Life Grants. Your participation as a sponsor and as a competitor allows us to funnel thousands of dollars to critical needs in our coummunity. We are very proud of this and hope you will participate and share that pride and sense of community with us. Thank you fellow Wichitans!

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Team Documents

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Everything you need to know to be ready.