Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest

 

2021 GREATER TAYLORVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHILLIFEST DATES:  October 2 and 3, 2021!!!

10/1/21 news release:

 

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.

 

9/30/21 news release:

 

Chilli cooks from the Midwest and across the country, will be traveling to the Chilli Capital of Illinois, Taylorville, to cook in the 2 days of International Chilli Society sanctioned cookoffs, during this weekend’s 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest this Saturday and Sunday.

 

This Saturday, chilli cooks will participate in the Chillinois Regional Chilli Cookoff, with red-style chilli, homestyle chilli, verde and salsa competitions.

 

On Sunday, chilli cooks will light their stoves to cook up the same 4 different categories in the Central States Regional Chilli Cook-Off.

First place winners both days will qualify to participate in the I-C-S World Championship.

 

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.

 

 

9/29/21 news release:

 

The schedule is packed with 2 days of great entertainment at this weekend’s Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Highlighting Saturday’s south stage entertainment includes Izzy Miller at 9:30am, the Chilli Pepper Pageants at noon, The Tangents at 3pm, and Chilli and Salsa Awards presented at approximately 5:30pm.

 

Saturday’s north stage will include the Fellowship of the Strings performing at 10am, the band “Rock Your Beat” at 1pm.

 

Sunday’s Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest south stage entertainment includes the band “Idle Oath” at 10am, “Broadway Comes to Taylorville” at noon, various cheerleading and poms performing to the west of the south stage at 1:30pm, Cody Moomey at 3:30pm, and Chilli and Salsa Awards being presented at approximately 4:30pm.

 

Sunday’s north stage entertainment includes Gracia Harrison at 10am and the Cactus Ranch Brand at 1pm.

 

For more information on the event, go to the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s chillifest with 2-L’s.

 

9/28/21 news release:

 

The 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest will feature a lot of children and youth vying for royalty in the annual pageant on Saturday, October 2nd at noon on the main south stage.

 

Pageant chair Brittany Moore reports that 7 Little Mister, 16 Little Miss, 15 Junior Miss, 9 Teen, and 15 Miss Chilli Pepper candidates will be making the walk across the stage vying for the crown in their age category.

 

The public is urged to bring their lawn chairs and stake out their location early, as the pageant is one of the biggest-attended events at Chillifest each year.

 

For more information on the event, go to the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s chillifest with 2-L’s.

 

9/27/21 news release:

 

The 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest kicks off Saturday morning, October 2nd, for 2 event-packed days.

 

Not only will the famous Chilifest chilli be sold by the quart both days, but some 64 arts and crafts’ vendors are signed up to offer their wares thru-out the park area inside the Courthouse square.

 

Speaking of chilli, the International Chilli Society will again hold 2 days of judging with winners going to the World Championships.  The Chillinois Regional Chilli Cookoff takes place Saturday, October 2nd, and the Central States Regional Chilli Cookoff will be on Sunday, October 3rd.

 

The 2 days of International Chilli Society judging brings chilli cooks from thru-out the Midwest and beyond.

 

For more information on the event, go to the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s chillifest with 2-L’s.

 

Posted September 25, 2021

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee on Friday, released the Schedule of Events for next weekend's 36th annual event on the Taylorville Square.  This schedule is subject to change.

 

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021


SOUTH STAGE ACTIVITIES
sponsored by Premier Sponsor Sparklight


9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Ceremonies:
Ribbon Cutting, THS Choir, Cub Scouts present colors South Stage
9:00 AM Chilli available at the Chilli Drive-Thru Southeast Corner of the Square
9:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM Izzy Miller Performs South Stage
10:00 AM Pumpkin Painting Begins KidZone East Side of Square
TikTok Corner Opens KidZone East Side of Square
Inflatables by Keagan's Kastle Northeast Side of Square
Craft & Story Time with Taylorville Public Library KidZone East Side of Square
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Mini Hoofs - Miniature Ponies KidZone East Side of Square
10:30 AM Chillinois Regional Cook Off Begins North West Side of Square
11:15ish 8th Annual Bags Tournament Capital City Cornhole
REGISTRATION North East Corner of Square
11:45 AM 8th Annual Bags Tournament MEETING North East Corner of Square
12:00 Noon Chilli Pepper Pageants Begin South Stage
Bags FLY for 8th Annual Bags Tournament North East Corner of Square
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Taylorville Police Department - Demonstration KidZone East Side of Square
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Kids Pound (drumsticks) KidZone East Side of Square
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Kids Yoga KidZone East Side of Square
3:30:00 PM - 5:30 PM The Tangents Perform South Stage
5:00 PM Pumpkin Painting & TikTok Corner Closes KidZone East Side of Square
5:30ish Chilli & Salsa Awards Presentation South Stage


NORTH STAGE ACTIVITIES
10:00-Noon Fellowship of the Strings Performs North Stage
1:00 - 3:00 PM Rock Your Beat Performs North Stage


Sunday, October 3rd, 2021


SOUTH STAGE ACTIVITIES sponsored by
Premier Sponsor Sparklight 


9:30 AM Central States Regional Cook Off Begins Northwest Side of Square
10:00 AM - Noon Idle Oath Performs South Stage
10:00 AM Chilli Available at the Chilli Drive-thru Southeast Corner of the Square
Pumpkin Painting Begins KidZone East Side of Square
TikTok Corner Opens KidZone East Side of Square
Inflatables by Keagan's Kastle Northeast Side of Square
Craft & Story Time with the Taylorville Library KidZone East Side of Square
11:00 AM 8th Annual Bags Tournament REGISTRATION Northeast Corner of Square
11:45 AM 8th Annual Bags Tournament MEETING Northeast Corner of Square
12:00 Noon Bags FLY 8th Annual Bags Tournament Northeast Corner of Square
Noon - 1:00 PM Broadway Comes to Taylorville South Stage
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Taylorville Fire Department - Demonstration KidZone East Side of Square
1:30 PM TJHS Cheer South Stage (street)
2:00 PM TYC Littles Cheer South Stage (street)
2:30 PM THS Cheer South Stage (street)
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM THS Poms & Center Pointe Dance Academy South Stage (street)
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Cody Moomey Performs South Stage
4:30ish Chilli & Salsa Awards Presentation South Stage
5:00 PM Pumpkin Painting & TikTok Corner Closes KidZone East Side of Square


NORTH STAGE ACTIVITIES
10:00 AM - 12 PM Gracia Harrison Performs North Stage
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Cactus Ranch Band Performs North Stage

 

Posted September 21, 2021

 

The 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is less than 2 weeks away.  The even takes place on the town square Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd and 3rd.

 

At Tuesday night’s Chillifest Committee meeting, plans were nailed down to bring another great Chillifest to the community and Central Illinois.  

 

Pageant chair Brittany Moore announced that 7 Little Mister’s, 16 Little Miss candidates, 13 Junior Miss, 9 Teen Miss, and 15 Miss Chilli Pepper contestants will vie for royalty at the Saturday pageant.

 

The Capital City Cornhole Club will again hold a bags tournament during Chillifest both days, with over $1000 in cash prize money being offered.

 

64 arts and crafts’ vendors will be offering their wares thru-out the square, and kids will enjoy the Kid Zone with lots of activities including pumpkin painting, and they’ll also be a bounce house.  

 

And, they’ll be plenty of food on the square during Chillifest.  In addition to the many restaurant choices on the Taylorville square, there’ll be 2 full food trucks and 2 specialty food vendors.

 

Committee co-chair April Wolfe told Regional Radio News after Tuesday night's meeting, that they're excited to bring this event to the community again this year.

 

 

For further information on the event, go to the event’s web site, chillifest-dot-info, that’s chillifest with 2-L’s.

 

Posted September 7, 2021

 

The Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee met Tuesday night at the Chamber office working towards the 36th annual event Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd and 3rd.  

 

Event co-chair Mark Wolfe told Regional Radio News after the meeting, the committee is excited about making the 2021 edition happen.

 

 

Drive-thru chilli will be sold during Chillifest for 10-dollars per quart.

 

This year's Chillifest will again include a Color Run, lots of entertainment and fun.

 

As was the case last year, attendees are urged to bring their lawn chairs to enjoy the 2 stages of music as well as the Saturday pageant.

 

Chillifest officials are looking for one more food vendor that would be willing to set up and sell their wares that weekend.  To register as a food vendor for the event, contact the Chamber office at 824-4919.

 

 

Posted September 1, 2021

 

Pageant entries for the 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest are closed as the contests have filled the available slots for each pageant.

But, entries are still being accepted for the Little Chilli Bean Contest for ages birth to 2.

 

Complete rules, and an on-line entry form, can all be found on the event’s web site, chillifest.info, that’s chillifest with 2-L’s.

 

This year's Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest takes place on the square October 2nd and 3rd.  Further information on the event, and the final schedule, will also be available on-line at chillifest.info.

 

Posted August 28, 2021

 

Registration information for the 2021 Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest “Hot to Trot” Color Run taking place October 3rd, is now available on the event’s website chillifest-dot-info, that’s chillifest with 2-L’s.

 

Registration is open til September 17th to guarantee a swag bag of goodies.  Classes for this year’s run include 3 to 5 year olds, 6 to 10 year olds, eleven to 16 year olds, and 17 and up.  Registration is 25-dollars per person.

 

The event is a family color run and walk to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, with 100-percent of the proceeds going to HSHS St. John’s Hospital’s Children’s Wing. 

 

This year's Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest takes place on the square October 2nd and 3rd.  Further information on the event, and the final schedule, will also be available on-line at chillifest-dot-info.

 

Posted August 17, 2021

 

The 36th Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest is less than 2 months away, and committee members Tuesday night met to continue planning for this year’s event on the Square October 2nd and 3rd.

 

Event co-chair April Wolfe told Regional Radio News after the meeting committee members were excited to get together and work on the 2021 edition.

 

 

Wolfe added there’ll be some familiar acts at Chillifest this year, as well as some new acts on the 2 entertainment stages.

 

 

Wolfe shared about another new act to the Chillifest stage appear this year, and that there’ll be some surprises at the Kidzone.

 

 

Find out the latest on the Greater Taylorville Chillifest by going to chillifest-dot-info, that’s chillifest with 2-L’s.

 

 

Posted July 22, 2021

 

The entry form to become a vendor at the 36th annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, is now available on-line.

 

By going to chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2 L's, you'll find the downloadable entry form for vendors.  The form includes information on set-up, fees, the registration form, and electricity fees. 

 

Space is first-come, first-serve.  Deadline for vendor entries is September 24th.

 

This year's Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest takes place on the square October 2nd and 3rd.  Further information on the event, and the final schedule, will also be available on-line at chillifest.info.

 

Posted July 20, 2021

 

The Chamber's Chillifest Committee has begun the work of putting together the 2021 edition of this great 2-day event on the Taylorville square. Be looking for forms to become a vendor, a chilli cook, or submit an entry in one of the many pageants.  All the forms or links will be posted on this page in the coming weeks.

 

The Chamber is looking forward to the 2021 edition, and hope YOU'LL be a part of it!

Main Office:
217-824-3395