Calling all chiliheads! Head to Pullman Square in Downtown Huntington for this year’s ChiliFest 2023 on October 14. Come join the fun of music, community and CHILI!!

ChiliFest is the West Virginia State Chili Championship sanctioned by the International Chili Society and benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State. The winner of this “much heated” event qualifies to represent West Virginia at the ICS World’s Chili Championship. Cooks come from far and wide to downtown Huntington, with their pots, spices, secret ingredients, and chili lore for this spirited competition

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ChiliFest 2023 Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 14th:

8:00–9:30amRegistration for ChiliFest at Judges Tent (8th St. & 3rd Ave.)
9:00amCooks may start preparation of Home-Style Chili
9:30amAll vehicles removed from ChiliFest site
10:00amCooks meeting at Judging Tent
10:30amCooks return to start preparation of ingredients and light stoves for Chili Verde
11:00amPepsi and beer sales begin
11:00–4:00pmMarshall Health Kids Corner events begin at 9th St. and Pullman Square
11:15amAll judges report to the Judging Tent area
11:30amNational Anthem at Pullman Square Stage
12:00–12:50pmHammertown performs on Pullman Square Stage
12:00pmHome-Style Chili and Salsa turned in at Judging Tent
12:10pmHome-style Chili and Salsa judging begins
1:00pmHot Pepper Eating Contest
1:15pmChili Verde judges report to Judging Tent
1:30pmChili Verde turned in at Judging Tent
1:35pmChili Verde judging begins
1:30-2:20pmHammertown performs on Pullman Square Stage
2:50-3:40pmCity Heat performs on Pullman Square Stage
2:45pm ICSRed Chili judges report to the Judging Tent
3:00–3:15pmICS Red Chili turned into Judging Tent
3:15pmICS Red Chili judging begins
3:40-4:00pmBeer Drinking Contest
4:00-4:20pmShot N’ Holler Contest
3:45pmICS Red Finals Judges report to judging area
4:40–5:30pmCity Heat performs on Pullman Square Stage
4:30pmPeople’s Choice tickets turned in at The Ronald McDonald House Tent
5:30pmAnnouncement of ChiliFest winners and drawing for 2023 Toyota RAV4 winner at Pullman Square Stage

**Press release from / The City of Huntington

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