Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

 

Rained Out Saturday Afternoon Didn't Ruin Very Successful Chillifest Event

Posted October 12, 2017

 

The final numbers aren’t in yet, but chili sales on Sunday should set a one-day sales record for Chillifest according to Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce CEO Patty Hornbuckle.

 

Hornbuckle says they will have more clear numbers next week, but one interaction with head chili cook J.I. McDowell told her everything she needed to know about Sunday’s chili sales.

 

 

Hornbuckle says the rains dampered sales for chili and vendors on Saturday, but Sunday more than made up for the lost dollars on Saturday.

 

 

Hornbuckle says she got to enjoy something at this year’s festival that she surprisingly hasn’t done for a few years.

 

 

Hornbuckle says this year’s Chillifest wrap-up meeting will be on Monday, October 16th.

 

Kiddie, Adult Pedal Tractor Pull Results Announced

Posted October 9, 2017

 

Winners have been announced in Sunday’s kiddie and adult pedal tractor pull during the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

The event was again sponsored by Larry’s Service Center, with Larry Barry acting as emcee assisted by the Taylorville FFA Chapter.

In the 3 and 4-year-olds, first place winner was Paxton King, second place winner was Macie McDowell, and third place winner was Allison Newby.

In the 5 and 6-year-olds, first place winner was Maybel Repscher, second place winner was Jace Smith, and third place winner was Brody McDowell.

In the 7 and 8-year-old kiddie tractor pull on Sunday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, first place winner was Isaac Repscher, second place winner was Beau Repscher, and third place went to Kyson McKinney.

In the 9 and 10-year-old category, first place winner was Spencer Brown, second place winner was Lyle Repscher, and third place winner was Ayanna Jeffrey.

There were 2 adult divisions in Sunday’s pedal tractor pull.  In the adult women division, first place winner was Ellie Tippitt, second place winner was Sue Schafer, and third place winner was Sadie Jacobs.  In the adult men division, first place winner was Chris Leach, second place went to Bub Lawrence, and third place winner was Austin Herkert.

 

 

Taylorville City Leaders Say Chillifest Was Once Again a Big Success

Posted October 9, 2017

 

Although Saturday was cut a little short due to weather, the rest of the weekend was a huge success for the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chillifest. The city of Taylorville put a good amount of money into this year’s Chillifest, and some city leaders already say it was a worthwhile investment.

 

Fourth ward alderman Earl Walters says events like Chillifest are a win-win for the community.

 

 

Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry says although the weather didn’t cooperate for part of the weekend, when it did, the people came in droves.

 

 

 

International Chilli Society Central States Regional Cookoff Winners Announced Sunday at Chillifest

Posted October 8, 2017

 

Winners were announced Sunday afternoon, at the conclusion of the second day of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging, at the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  Tom Calert was chief judge and chaired the Cookoff committee again this year.

In chilli judging Sunday, first prize winner was Jeff Netzer of Seymour, Indiana, who won 750-dollars, a certificate, and advances to the World Championship next year.  Second place winner was Larry Lentz of Nicholasville, Kentucky, who won 200-dollars and a certificate.  Third place chilli winner was Mary Thomas of Clinton, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.

In verde judging Sunday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, first place winner was Kristi Tobey of Bebe, Arkansas, who won 200-dollars, a certificate, and the right to cook at the World Championship next year.  Second place winner was Lloyd Weir of Normal, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.  Third place verde winner was Tom Hoover of Columbus, Ohio, who won 25-dollars and a certificate.

In salsa judging Sunday, first place winner was Tom Hoover, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.  Second place winner was Lloyd Weir, who won 50-dollars and a certificate, and third place winner was Helen Lewis of Springfield, who won 25-dollars and a certificate. 

In the People's Choice Awards on Sunday, the salsa winner was Brenda Weir of Normal, the verde winner was Henry Stephens of Hernando, Mississippi, and the chilli winner was Mary Cannon of Missouri.  All 3 will have their entry fee paid in their division at Chillifest 2018.

CAPTION TO PIX 2696:  Winners in International Chilli Society judging Sunday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest included, from the left:  Chief judge and Cookoff committee chair Tom Calvert; Miss Chilli Pepper 2017 Allison Wright; Little Miss Chilli Pepper 2017 Thea Danyse Shanks; Larry Lentz of Nicholasville, Kentucky, who won 2nd place in chilli judging; Mary Thomas of Clinton, who won 3rd place in chilli judging; Kristi Tobey of Bebe, Arkansas, who won first place in verde judging; Helen Lewis of Springfield, who won 3rd place in salsa judging; Mary Cannon of Missouri, who was the People's Choice chilli winner; Henry Stephens of Hernando, Mississippi, who won the People's Choice verde award; and Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle. 

 

"Lil' Chilli Bean" Cutest Baby Contest Winners Announced Sunday

Posted October 8, 2017

 

Winners were announced Sunday in the “Lil' Chilli Bean” Cutest Baby Contest at the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

The contest was a “People's Choice” contest, with voting done by the amount of money each baby's jar raised during the 2-day Chillifest event.

First place winner was 11-month-old Laurel Pridgen, the daughter of Josh Pridgen and Amber Mays of Taylorville, who won a 100-dollar Chamber gift certificate from the contest sponsors People's Bank and Trust and Little Luxuries.

Second place winner was 3-month-old Leo Richardson, the son of Celilie and Blake Richardson of Taylorville, who won a 75-dollar Chamber gift certificate from the sponsors.

Third place winner was 8-month-old Remington Reese, the son of Samantha Hughes and Dak Reese of Taylorville, who won a 50-dollar Chamber gift certificate from the sponsors.

CAPTION TO PIX # 2692:  Participants in the annual Greater Taylorville Chamber “Lil' Chilli Bean” Cutest Baby Contest included, from the left:  3-month old Calen Todd Burns, the son of Emily Weddle and Jeremy Burns of Taylorville; first place winner Laurel Pridgen, the eleven-month-old daughter of Josh Pridgen and Amber Mays of Taylorville; third place winner Remington Reese, the 8-month old son of Samantha Hughes and Dak Reese of Taylorville; Paisey Hughes, the 22-month-old daughter of Samantha Hughes and Dak Reese of Taylorville; Mason Neal, the 18-month-old son of Chelsea Neal of Taylorville; Kaydan Sexton, the 3-month-old son of Saaj Jacobs of Taylorville; Zadie Muncy, the 5-month-old daughter of Susan Olive and Jacob Muncy of Owaneco; and Camryn Paige Longdon, the 10-month-old daughter of Stephanie and Kurt Longden of Taylorville.

 

 

Saturday International Chilli Society Sanctioned Cookoff Winners Announced at Chillifest

Posted October 7, 2017

 

Winners in chilli, verde, and salsa judging were announced on Saturday, at the conclusion of the first day of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the square.

The cookoff, named the “Chillinois Regional”, was the first of 2 days of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging.  Tom Calvert is the chair for both days.  Some 33 cooks participated in the Saturday cookoffs.

In chilli judging, first place award winner was Dearl Thomas of Clinton, who won 750-dollars, a certificate, and advances to the World Championship next year.  Second place winner was Julie Netser of Seymour, Indiana, who won 200-dollars and a certificate.  Third place winner was Cathy Schmedeke of Clinton, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.

In Saturday verde judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, first place winner was Mike Goodman of Madison, Wisconsin, who won 200-dollars and a certificate.  Second place winner was Dave Thordason of Iowa, who won 50-dollars and a certificate, and third place winner was Henry Stevens of Hernando, Mississippi, who won 25-dollars and a certificate.

In salsa judging on Saturday, first place winner was Henry Stephens of Hernando, Mississippi, who won 100-dollars and a certificate.  Second place winner was Lloyd Weir of Normal, Illinois, who won 50-dollars and a certificate.  Third place winner was David Thoradson of Iowa who won 25-dollars and a certificate.

Dennis Lanthrum of Hillsboro won the People's Choice Award in salsa on Saturday, while Bob Dunn of Taylorville won both the verde and chilli People's Choice awards.

CAPTION TO PIX 2642:  Winners were announced Saturday in International Chilli Society chilli judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle; 3rd place winner Cathy Schmedke of Clinton; 2nd place winner Julie Netser of Seymour, Indiana; first place winner Dearl Thomas of Clinton; and Chilli Cookoff chief judge and chair Tom Calvert.

CAPTION TO PIX 2640:  Winners in International Chilli Society verde judging Saturday, were announced at the end of day one at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle; 3rd place winner Henry Stevens of Hernando, Mississippi; first place winner Mike Goodman of Madison, Wisconsin; and Chilli Cookoff chief judge and chair Tom Calvert.

CAPTION TO PIX 2638:  Salsa winners in International Chilli Society sanctioned judging, were announced late Saturday afternoon at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle; 2nd place winner Lloyd Weir of Normal; first place winner Henry Stephens of Hernando, Mississippi; and Chilli Cookoff chief judge and chair Tom Calvert.

CAPTION TO PIX 2636:  People's Choice Award winners were announced late Saturday afternoon, in International Chilli Society sanctioned judging at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.  From the left:  Chamber CEO Patty Hornbuckle; verde and chilli winner Bob Dunn of Taylorville; salsa winner Dennis Lanthrum of Hillsboro; and Chilli Cookoff chief judge and chair Tom Calvert.
 

 

Pageant Winners Named in Greater Taylorville Chamber Little Mister, Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Chilli Pepper Contests

Posted October 7, 2017

 

Little Miss, Mister, Junior Miss and Miss Chilli Peppers were named during Saturday pageant at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest.

A record 68 children and youth participated in the 4 contests.  Pageant director again this year was Brittany Moore.

In the Little Mister competition, the winner was Merritt Lee Cochran, the 4-year-old son of Joseph and Mackenzie Cochran of Assumption.  First runner-up was Liam Hayden Swiney, the 3-year-old son of Zackery and Whitney Swiney of Taylorville.  Second runner-up was Maverik Thomas Courtaway, the 6-year-old son of Eric and Shanda Courtaway of Taylorville.  Stage Presence Award winner was Jayce Carlile, the 4-year-old son of Peyton Turvey and Jason Carlile of Taylorville.  Best Dressed in the Little Mister contest, was Easton Ginger, the 3-year-old son of Weston and Katie Ginger of Taylorville, and judged “Most Photogenic” in the Little Mister contest was Maverik Courtaway.

In Saturday's Little Miss Chilli Pepper competition at the Greater Taylorville Chillifest, the winner was Thea Danyse Shanks, the 3-year-old daughter of Shelby and Brittney Shanks of Taylorville.  First runner-up was Wesleigh Jo Cochran, the 6-year-old daughter of Joe and Mackenzie Cochran of Assumption.  Second runner-up was Jaylynn Louise DeVore, the 6-year-old daughter of Suviya and Brad Babbs of Bulpitt.  Stage Presence winner in the Little Miss contest, was Blaklee Alice Edwards, the 5-year-old daughter of Andrew and Breanna Edwards of Taylorville.  Best Dressed in the Little Miss contest was Brystol Hughes, the 5-year-old daughter of Doug and Bonnie Hughes of Taylorville, and judged Most Photogenic was Thea Danyse Shanks.

Saturday's Junior Miss Chilli Pepper winner was Kynidee (pron. Kennedy) Johnson, the 8-year-old daughter of Ricci Johnson and Megan Rueff of Taylorville.  First runner-up was Liberty Courtaway, the 8-year-old daughter of Eric and Shanda Courtaway of Taylorville, and second runner-up was Ashlynn Windell, the 9-year-old daughter of Jayme Hendrickson and Brian Windell of Taylorville.  Zarah Guzman, the 9-year-old daughter of Jessica Guzman and Israel Fernandez of Morrisonville, won the Stage Presence Award, while 10-year-old Ella Hohenstein, daughter of Neil and Elizabeth Hohenstein of Taylorville, won the Best Dressed Award in the Junior Miss competition.  Kynidee Johnson was the Most Photogenic award, and Miss Congeniality in the Junior Miss competition was Hannah Chitwood, the 10-year-old daughter of Max and Bev Chitwood of Taylorville.

In the Miss Chilli Pepper competition in the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest pageant Saturday, the winner was Allison Wright, the 18-year-old daughter of Shannon and Mike Mann, and Joe Wright, of Taylorville.  First runner-up was Kennedy Mann, the 15-year-old daughter of Adrienne Mann of Taylorville, while second runner-up was Jessica Vacker, the 18-year-old daughter of Heather and Jacob Jones of Kincaid.  Stage Presence Award winner was Sidney Wagner, the 16-year-old daughter of David and Shanon Wagner of Taylorville, while the Best Dressed Award went to Audrianna Lyons, the 17-year-old daughter of Michelle and Joseph Lyons of Taylorville.  The Most Photogenic Award went to Allison Wright.  The People's Choice Award went to Savannah Stalets, the 18-year-old daughter of Berek and Chris Stalets of Pana, and the Miss Congeniality award went to Sidney Wagner.

CAPTION TO PIX 2577:  Winners at Saturday's Little Mister Chilli Pepper Pageant Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest include, from the left:  Best dressed Easton Ginger;  first runner-up Liam Hayden Swiney; Little Mister Chilli Pepper 2017 winner Merritt Lee Cochran; Maverick Courtaway, Most Photogenic and 2nd runner up; and Stage Presence Award winner Jayce Carlile.

CAPTION TO PIX 2587:  It was a stage of royalty on Saturday, after the Little Miss Chilli Pepper 2017 was named at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. 

 

CAPTION TO PIX 2600:  Winners named on Saturday during the Junior Miss Chilli Pepper pageant at the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest include, from the left:  Hannah Chitwood, named Miss Congeniality; Liberty Courtaway, first runner-up; Junior Miss Chilli Pepper Kynidee (pron. Kennedy) Johnson; Ashlynn Windell, second runner-up; Zarah Guzman, Stage Presence Award winner; and Ella Hohenstein, Best Dressed winner.

CAPTION TO PIX 2611:  The final contest in the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest pageant on Saturday, was the Miss Chilli Pepper contest.  Winner was Allison Wright, 4th from the left.  She was crowned by 2016 Miss Chilli Pepper Faith Maxwell, 5th from the left.  Others on the stage included Miss Congeniality and Stage Presence Award winner Sidney Wagner, People's Choice Award winner Savannah Stalets; Best Dressed Audrianna Lyons; 2nd runner-up Jessica Vacker, and first runner-up Kennedy Mann.
 

 

Taylorville Police Defeat Taylorville Firemen in annual Chillifest Chilli Eating Contest

Posted October 7, 2017

 

It was the cops against the firemen on Saturday morning, during the annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest chilli eating contest.

3 members of the Taylorville Fire Department, squared off against 2 members of the Taylorville Police Department, along with mayor Bruce Barry.  Each team had to down a total of 9 bowls of chilli between them.

The Taylorville Police Department won the competition, and each team member was awarded an official Chillifest Chilli Eating Contest t-shirt for their efforts.

 

2017 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Finally Here

Posted October 6, 2017

 

The 2017 Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is finally here, taking place this weekend on the Taylorville Square. The event will feature a number of different attractions outside of the sanctioned chili cookoffs, including a bags tournament, and a tent where attendees can sample chili and salsa made by the cookoff contestants.
 
Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show, and says the Chamber has handed off the reigns of the Bags Tournament.
 
 
Chillifest will also feature the “People's Choice” tent, where Chillifest visitors will get the chance to sample chili and salsa made by those participating in the chili cookoffs.
 
 

 

Hornbuckle suggested visitors get to the People's Choice tent early, as chili will be served while supplies last.

 

Chillifest Pageants to be Moved Indoors if Raining Saturday Morning

Posted October 5, 2017

 

The Little Miss, Little Mr., Junior Miss and Miss Pageants at Taylorville’s Chillifest this weekend will go on rain or shine. There will be a venue change if there is rain Saturday morning. The pageants will be held at First United Methodist Church a block east of the Taylorville Square if there is rain.

 

Pageants organizer Brittany Moore says the official announcement should come around 8:30 Saturday morning.

 

 

Moore says there is plenty of seating at the church, and there are more contestants in this year’s pageant than in year’s past. She hopes everyone will come by and check out Chillifest and the pageants.

 

CHILLIFEST STAGE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

UPDATED October 6, 2017 at 11:12am

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 2017

 

All Stage Times & Performers Are Subject to Change

 

9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Ceremonies National Anthem-Shanda Courtaway/Mayor Barry
9:00 AM Chilli Available Under the Chilli Tent! On the Southeast Courthouse Lawn
9:00 AM Lil’ Chilli Bean Contest Under the Purple & Gold Tent
9:00 AM Little Miss/Little Mr./Junior Miss/Miss Pageant On the South Stage
9:00 AM Gun & Prize Raffle Tickets Available for Purchase Under the Purple and Gold Tent
10:30 AM Chillinois Regional Cook Off On the EAST Side of the Square
11:00 AM 6th Annual Bags Tournament Registration Northeast Corner of the Square
11:30 AM Chilli Eating Contest On the South Stage
11:45 AM 6th Annual Bags Tournament Team Meeting Northeast Corner of the Square
Noon The Dance Station On the South Stage/South Stage Area
Noon Bags Fly for the 6th Annual Bags Tournament  Northeast Corner of the Square
12:30 PM WERQ Dance Fitness Demo On the South Stage/South Stage Area
12:55 PM Taylorville High School Dance Team On the South Stage/South Stage Area
1:10 PM Taylorville Junior High School Dance Team On the South Stage/South Stage Area
1:25 PM Centre Pointe Dance Academy On the South Stage/South Stage Area
2:00 PM Robbie Mitchell On the South Stage
4:00 PM "Hot Lips" Lip Sync Contest On the South Stage
5:00ish PM Chilli & Salsa Awards Presentation On the South Stage


NORTH STAGE PERFORMERS:
Noon Cactus Ranch On the North Stage
2:00 PM Tim Zini On the North Stage
 
 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 2017

 

All Stage Times & Performers Are Subject to Change


9:30 AM Central States Regional Cook-Off EAST Side of the Square
10:00 AM Chilli Available Under the Chilli Tent! On the Southeast Courthouse Lawn
10:00 AM Lil’ Chilli Bean Contest Continues Under the purple & gold tent
11:00 AM 6th Annual Bags Tournament Registration-MTG @ 11:45
11:45 AM Sky High On the South Stage/South Stage Area
Noon Tumble ‘N Fly On the South Stage/South Stage Area
Noon Bags Fly for the 6th Annual Bags Tournament  Northeast Corner of the Square
12:15 PM Taylorville Youth Football Cheer/Junior Football Cheer On the South Stage/South Stage Area
12:30 AM Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull Registration On the West Side of the Square
12:40 PM Taylorville Junior High School Cheer Team On the South Stage/South Stage Area
12:50 PM Taylorville High School Cheer Team On the South Stage/South Stage Area
1:00 PM Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull On the West Side of the Square
1:00 PM Lil' Chilli Bean Contest Concludes Results at 3:00 pm on the South Stage
1:00 PM Taylorville High School Jazz Band On the South Stage
2:00 PM Don Bettis On the South Stage
3:00 PM Harmony Singers On the South Stage
4:00ish pm Chilli & Salsa Awards Presentation On the South Stage
4:50 PM Raffle Drawings to follow Awards Presentation On the South Stage
 

NORTH STAGE PERFORMERS:
Noon Relativity On the North Stage
2:00 PM Copper Canyon On the North Stage

 

 

2 DAYS OF FUN, CHILLI AWAIT AT THIS WEEKEND'S CHILLIFEST

 

Posted October 3, 2017

 

2 days of fun and chilli await at the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest this weekend on the Taylorville square.

The Chamber will be offering chilli by the bowl and quart, and Pepsi products, both days, in their tent on the south side of the Courthouse lawn.  Chillifest is the Chamber's biggest fund-raiser of the year.

The “Little Chilli Bean” baby contest, is coming back for another year.  Jars to drop money in for the cutest baby, will be on the table in the purple and gold tent in on the Courthouse lawn.  It's a “People's Choice” award with proceeds again benefiting the Chillifest. 

Also under the purple and gold tent, will be raffle tickets for the annual Chillifest gun and prize raffles. 

2 days of bag tournaments are again being held on the northeast side of the square, and the popular “Kids Zone” with lots of kids' games, activities, and rides, will be on the west side of the square.

The annual Kiddie Tractor Pull takes place Sunday, also on the west side of the square.

And, what makes the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest special, is that it's offers 2 days of sanctioned chilli, salsa, and verde judging by the International Chilli Society, with first place winners in each competition each day going to the I-C-S World Championship.

The public is invited to attend the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest this Saturday and Sunday on the square.  For complete information, go to chillifest-dot-info.

 

Chillifest Coming Up This Weekend

 

Posted October 3, 2017

 

One of the biggest weekends in Taylorville each year is almost upon us. Chillifest kicks off on Saturday, and approximately 15,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event.

 

Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Patty Hornbuckle says there will be plenty of happenings throughout the weekend.

 

 

Hornbuckle says there are a record number of vendors this year. Combine that and the events Saturday and Sunday, she encourages everyone to get out to Chillifest both days.

 

 

For more information on this year’s Chillifest, you can visit the Chillifest page by clicking on "Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest" at the top of this page.

 

 

Record Number of Vendors Expected at 2017 Greator Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

 

Posted September 14, 2017

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is just around the corner, and planning for the event is coming together. Patty Hornbuckle, CEO of the Greater Taylorville Chamber says this year the Chamber is expecting a record number of vendors to appear during the two day festival.
 
Hornbuckle appeared as a guest on the Newstalk WTIM Morning Show, and says the number of vendors who have signed up early is encouraging.
 
 
This year's Chillifest is looking to be bigger and better than ever, and one event, the bags tournament, is expected to be larger than last year's tournament.
 
 
This year's Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest will take place October 7th and 8th on the Taylorville Square.

 

2 DAYS OF BAGS TOURNAMENT ACTION AT CHILLIFEST

 

Posted September 12, 2017

 

There's 2 days of bags tournament action during the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest October 7th and 8th on the square.

The Capital City Cornhole Club is organizing the round robin tournament both days.  Registration starts at 11am each day, with the action starting daily at noon.

You can get more information by clicking the “Bags Tourney Forms” at chillifest-dot-info, that's Chillifest with 2-L's.

 

 

TAYLORVILLE FFA, LARRY'S SERVICE CENTER HOSTING KIDDIE TRACTOR PULL DURING CHILLIFEST

 

Posted September 12, 2017

 

The Taylorville FFA Chapter and Larry's Service Center in Taylorville, are hosting a kiddie tractor pull during the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on Sunday, October 8th.

Those wishing to participate can just show up to register.  Registration is at 12:30, with the kiddie tractor pull getting underway at 1pm.

Age classes include 3 and 4 year olds, 5 and 6 year olds, 7 and 8 year olds, and the final class being 9 and 10 year olds.

The contest will be held on the southwest side of the Taylorville square.

 

 

CRAFT VENDOR SPACE FILLING UP FAST AT CHILLIFEST

 

Posted September 11, 2017

 

Craft Vendor space is filling up fast for the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest taking place October 7th and 8th on the square.

Craft Vendor forms are all available from the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square, or on-line at chillifest-dot-info, that's Chillifest with 2-L's.

The Craft Vendor application deadline is September 29th.

 

 

LITTLE MISTER CHILLI PEPPER CONTESTANTS STILL NEEDED

 

Posted September 11, 2017

 

Little Mister Chilli Pepper contestants are still needed for the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest pageant taking place at 9am Saturday, October 7th, on the main stage on the south side of the square.

The contest rules and application form are all available on-line at chillifest-dot-info, that's Chillifest with 2-L's.

There are a total of 20 slots available, and 8 have been taken so parents should apply as soon as possible.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CHILLIFEST

 

Posted September 11, 2017

 

Volunteers are needed to man or assist in various booths, at the upcoming Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest October 7th and 8th on the square.

Amy Kent is volunteer chair this year.  To find out what positions are needed, or to sign up, contact Kent at 827-3831.

 

 

LIP SYNC CONTESTANTS WANTED FOR CHILLIFEST

 

Posted September 11, 2017

 

If you've ever wanted on stage to lip sync, here's your chance.  The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is accepting entries for their 2nd annual “Hot Lips Lip Sync” Contest to take place Saturday, October 7th at 4pm on the main stage.

Registration is open to the first 10 acts that submit the entry form to the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the square.

The Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Committee has the right to accept or reject any acts or musical selections.

The winner will be determed by the Chamber Chillifest “Applause-O-Meter” to determine audience response.

Complete rules and the entry form are available from the Chamber office, or on-line at chillifest-dot-info, that's Chillifest with 2-L's.

Entry deadline is October 5th at 4:30pm.

 

 

 

CHILLIFEST COMMITTEE PLANNING CONTINUES; EVENT JUST MORE THAN A MONTH AWAY

 

Posted September 11, 2017

 

The 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is just more than one month away, and the Chillifest Committee met Monday night at the Chamber board room to further finalize plans for the event October 7th and 8th on the square.

Chairperson Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that sub-committee chairs have done a lot of work up to this point, and that planning is coming along nicely.

Hornbuckle says there'll again be plenty for kids to do at Chillifest.

And, Hornbuckle says vendor applications have come in strong this year.

Vendor forms as well as forms for the International Chilli Society cook-offs, contests, and more, can all be found at chillifest-dot-info, that's Chillifest with 2-L's.

 

 

 

 

CHILLIFEST COMMITTEE MEETS

Posted August 21, 2017

 

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their monthly meeting Monday afternoon in the Chamber board room, to update plans for the 32nd annual event October 7th and 8th on the Taylorville square.

Sub-committee chairs reported on areas they were working on.  Over 30 vendors have signed up to be at this year's event, and they'll be lots of entertainment on both the main south stage and the north stage, plus a host of dance, cheerleading, and pom pom squads performing over the 2 days.

Taylorville Chamber president Susie Montgomery chaired the meeting in the absence of Chillifest chair Greg Hornbuckle, who was absent due to a family illness.  Montgomery told Regional Radio News after the meeting the event is in great shape.

And, Montgomery said the entertainment line-up is filling up.

For more information on the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest, go to chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

 

 

CHAMBER CHILLIFEST CHILLI, SALSA, VERDE COOK-OFF REGISTRATION FORM NOW AVAILABLE

Posted August 16, 2017

 

-The form to enter this year's chilli, salsa, and verde cookoffs at the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the square October 7th and 8th, is now available.

The form can be downloaded from the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's, or can be picked up at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square.

The are actually 2 cookoffs:  The Chill-inois Regional Cook-Off Saturday, October 7th, and the Central States Regional Cook-Off Sunday, October 8th.  Both cook-offs are sanctioned by the International Chilli Society.

Any registration fees must be paid at the time the application is submitted.

For more information on this year's Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Cook-offs, contact Cook-off chair Tom Calvert at 565-2791.
 

 

 

 

CHAMBER CHILLIFEST COMMITTEE MEETS TO BEGIN DETAIL WORK ON 2017 EVENT

Posted July 31, 2017

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their monthly meeting Monday evening in the board room of the Chamber office in the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square, to begin putting together the details for the 32nd annual edition of the event October 7th and 8th.

Event chair Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News that committee chairs are working on their respective areas for Chillifest, which is just 8 weeks away.

Hornbuckle says Chillifest continues to add attractions for kids.

We asked the Chillifest chairperson what is the favorite part of the weekend for him.

Craft and food vendor forms, as well as forms for all the pageants at Chillifest this year, are now available on the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.
 

 

PAGEANT FORMS AVAILABLE FOR CHILLIFEST CONTESTS

Posted July 28, 2017, REVISED 2:45PM JULY 28, 2017

 

Forms for the Little Miss Chilli Pepper, Little Mister Chilli Pepper, Junior Miss and Miss Chilli Pepper contests at the 32nd Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, are now available.

There's a change in the way applications are being accepted for these pageants this year.  Pageant forms are to be downloaded from the event's web site, chillifest.info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

The Word doc is then to be completed on a computer, then printed off and then either mailed or hand delivered to the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square. 

No handwritten applications will be accepted, and all applications must be accompanied by the completed waiver form which is also available for download at chillifest-dot-info.

The deadline for submitting Chillifest pageant applications, is September 7th at 5pm.

The Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest committee has the right to accept or reject any and all applications submitted.

Chillifest this year takes place October 7th and 8th on the Taylorville square.

 

 

FOOD AND CRAFT VENDOR FORMS AVAILABLE

Posted July 28, 2017

 

Food and craft vendor forms are now available for the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest taking place on the square October 7th and 8th.

Both food and craft booths are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Forms are available at the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's “chillifest” with 2-L's; or at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank building on the south side of the Taylorville square, during weekday business hours.
 

 

CHILLIFEST COMMITTEE HOLDS ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Posted June 19, 2017

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their 2017 organizational meeting Monday night in the Chamber board room, to begin plans for this year's event on the Taylorville square October 7th and 8th.

Chamber C-E-O Patty Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News after the meeting, that work on vendors, entertainment, and the always popular pageants, have already begun.

Several new kid features from last year's Chillifest, are coming back for 2017.

Chillifest's Entertainment Committee this year has 2 co-chair's.  Danny Russell is continuing to chair along with a new co-chair for 2017.

For information on this year's Greater Taylorville Chillifest, go to chillifest.info.

 

 

 

CHILLIFEST PAGEANTS GEARING UP

Posted June 19, 2017

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee held their organizational meeting Monday night at the Chamber board room, for the 32nd annual event coming up October 7th and 8th on the Taylorville square.

Pageant director Brittany Moore told Regional Radio News after the meeting she was happy with her first year of heading up the pageants last year.

And, Moore says this year you'll be able to apply to participate in any of the Chillifest pageants on-line.

Moore says her first year as Chillifest Pageant director went well...with one exception.

Information on the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest can be found on-line at chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.

 

CRAFT AND FOOD VENDOR FORMS

 

 

 

 

AVAILABLE FOR GREATER TAYLORVILLE CHAMBER
CHILLIFEST


Posted June 12, 2017

 

Craft and food vendor forms are now available for the 32nd annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest taking place on the square October 7th and 8th.

Craft vendor registration is $50 per vendor, with a deadline of September 29th.

Food vendor registration fees vary by vendor, and there are additional charges for water and/or electricity.  The food vendor registration deadline is also September 29th.

Registration forms are available at the event web site chillifest-dot-info, that's Chillifest with 2-L's.   They're also available in person at the Chamber office on the 2nd floor of the U-S Bank

Main Office:
217-824-3395