Cooks and teams are still being accepted for the 29th annual chili cookoff at the Fort Museum Oct. 14.
Chili will be available for tasting at 2:30 p.m. for $3 a bowl. The public can taste all the chili and vote on their favorite for the People's Choice Awards.
Chili cooking teams will meet at the museum at 7 a.m. to pick a spot, and at 8 a.m. will dig a hole, start a fire and begin cooking. The entry fee is $25 per team. This registers the Head Cook and up to three assistants as contestants and entitles them to 12 free pop tickets.
No propane is allowed, but charcoal is permitted.
While the chili is cooking, teams can enter a skit or talent in the Wayne Goodno Showmanship Award. There will also be a chili speed-eating contest.
At about 3:30 p.m. the judges bowls will be picked up, and they start the job of picking the best chili.
Trophies will be given out to first, second and third place winners for Best Chili, Showmanship and People's Choice. Monetary prizes will be awarded for first and second place in Best Chili and Showmanship.
The Fort Dodge Chili Lover's Society is a monetary contributor to the Fort Dodge Historical Foundation and Fort Museum. The society will also be establishing the Fort Dodge Chili Lover's Society Scholarship to send one person to a culinary arts program.
For more information, contact the Fort Museum at 573-4231, Justin Goodno at 576-3673 or look up the Fort Dodge Chili Lover's Society on Facebook.