Following months of planning by the Chillifest Committee, the 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest kicks off Saturday for 2 days of fun on the City Square.
It all begins Saturday at 9 with the opening ceremony, with the Taylorville High School choir and Cub Scouts participating.
Again this year due to COVID, there will not be a chilli tent serving individual portions, but the Chamber will again offer their special recipe chilli in cold quarts with drive-up sales both days on the southeast corner of the square.
There’s entertainment on both the main south stage, and the north stage, both days, along with a Kids Zone and lots of arts and crafts vendors set up across the square.
The Capital City Cornhole Club will again present 2 days of cornhole competition on the square during Chillifest, with cash prizes offered.
International Chilli Society chilli and salsa awards will be presented at the end of each day’s sanctioned competition. Chilli cooks from across the Midwest and elsewhere will be traveling to Taylorville, the Chilli Capital of Illinois, to light their stoves for a share of cash prizes both days.
Entry information on the 2 days of I-C-S judging, and the full schedule for this weekend, can be found at the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s chillifest with 2-L’s.