Chili Cook-off Competition

Calling All Chili Enthusiasts!

Held on Thursday, November 29th, the 2018 Holiday Festival of Lights first ever Chili Cook-Off features competitors from community businesses as well as individuals who have a “burning” passion for a good chili!

If you or a business you work for would like to participate in this year’s competition, complete the 2018 Chili Cook-Off Entry Form.

Your finished entries will be judged and then made available for sampling before the Parade of Lights to the general public, so make your entry unique, interesting and most of all DELICIOUS!

Mail the completed 2018 Chili Cook-Off Entry Form and $25 Fee to:

Parks and Recreation

Attn: Brittany LaCroix

PO Box 176

Yankton, SD 57078

For Questions Call: 605-668-5232

Make checks payable to Meridian District or…


  1. Must make a minimum of 5 gallons of chili.

  2. Chili should be cooked and on location by 3:00pm.

  3. Judging will begin at 3:30pm and open to the public at 4:00pm.

  4. Location at the Riverfront is first come first serve. Tables, linens and electricity will be provided. Please bring an extension cord in case it is needed.

  5. Winners will be determined by a combination of judges’ votes and public popularity.

Judged Best Chili $500

Judged 2nd Best Chili $250

People’s Choice Ballot Winner $250