Chili Cook-Off

The University of Okoboji Chili Cook-Off is one of the main kick-off events to start the fun for Winter Games. With around 2,000 attendees each year, this is a great way to feature your business and show off your chili cooking skills!

Join the fun on Friday, January 26th to taste over 15 different kinds of chili. This year's theme will be announced soon! Check out the different businesses and their unique take on booth decorations and chili recipes. After you've tried them all, vote for your overall favorite chili and the winner will be announced on Saturday at the Burning of the Greens.

Participants must pre-register for this fun event. Attendees can purchase a mug ahead of time to skip the long lines the night of the event. Mugs typically run out, so grab yours before it's too late!


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Sign up now to be sure you are a part of the Chili Cook-Off!

2024 Theme

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There’s so much to celebrate! Whether it's a birthday party, baby shower, retirement party or wedding, there's always a reason to party! Gather your crew and decorate for the party of your choice!

Choose the party theme you’d like to represent and celebrate with the crowd while showcasing your chili-making skills at the 2024 Chili Cook-Off sponsored by Hinn Real Estate!

Ideas: Wedding, Christmas, Gala, Awards, Birthday, Baby Shower, Retirement, Engagement, etc.

Mugs available!

Don't forget to purchase your commemorative chili mug before they run out! Mugs are $10 and are your ticket in to this fun event. Purchase your mug before the event to skip the long lines. Previous year mugs are not valid for the 2023 chili cook off.


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565 S Hwy 71 - Suite 4, Arnolds Park


The Three Sons

902 10th Street, Milford


Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce

1710 Lincoln Ave, Spirit Lake

Hy-Vee Spirit Lake

1500 18th Street, Spirit Lake