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Think you've got the BEST CHILI?

Enter the Chili Cook-Off on February 25!

First Methodist Church – Jacksonville

Soup or Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, February 25, 2024

 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Cook-Off Information


  • Open to all local organizations

  • Amateur cooks only

  • Contestants can be any age

Rules and General Info:

  • Non-Refundable Entry fee of $10 per team. Only 8 teams spots available.

  • All entries must be homemade. No mixes or canned chili/ soup.

  • All entries must be pre-cooked prior to the event. Food should be brought “ready to eat.”

  • Contestants are responsible for supplying all of their own utensils and products related to their entry. Please bring in a crockpot ready for serving. Due to limited space, contestants will be sharing tables. 2 teams will share a 6 ft. table. Electrical will be provided to the table. Please bring extension cords to us from the table to the power strip.

  • Setup starts at 3:30 and entries need to be ready by 4:15. All contestants must have at least one person on hand throughout the event to serve and supervise their area. Each contestant is responsible for cleaning up and for removing all items from their area.

  • JUDGING will be done by “people’s choice” and will begin at 4:30. Attendees, “the judges”, will be given voting tickets upon entering the event. Extra tickets are also available for $1 each. There will be a ticket container provided for each contestant.

  • Cook-off ticket donations are $5 for adults (they will be given 10 voting tickets) and $3 for youth ages 4-12 (they will be given 6 voting tickets), kids 3 and under are free.

  • Voting tickets will be collected at 5:45 and winners will be announced soon after.

  • Cups, Spoons, Crackers, Water, Tea, and Napkins will be provided.


Contact the church office or Rev. Sarah A. Odom at to register.


Chili Cook-Off Registration Form

Team Name:                                                Team Captain:

Team Captain Phone:                                  Email:

Type of Meat:                                              Chili Heat Level:   1   2   3   4   5

Team Participant Names:

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