Officials with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce were pleased with how the 37th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest turned out this past Saturday and Sunday on the Square.
A record 12 kettles of chilli were cooked at the new chilli tent on the southeast corner of the Square on Saturday, breaking the Saturday record of 9. Sunday, 3 kettles of chilli were cooked. Additional quantities of Pepsi products had to be obtained on Saturday due to the large crowds. Chilli was also sold hot or cold by the quart, including drive-thru service. The Chamber chilli tent is one of the largest fund-raisers for the organization each year.
Vendors polled by Chillifest committee members were pleased with their results as well, and 2 days of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging turned out cooks from several states.
Chamber officials attributed last weekend’s perfect weather, and the ability to sell hot chilli by the bowl for the first time in 3 years, for the huge turnout.
The Chamber raffle was won by Marrissa Millman who won just over 29-hundred dollars.
The Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest will be in year 38 the first weekend of October in 2023.