GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted September
    1st, 2014


    The Camper’s Guide to the Top Chili
    Cook-Offs from Coast to Coast


    Happy Camper Blog



    ChiliLabor Day has
    come and gone, leaves are turning various shades of orange, red and yellow,
    and kids are back in school—yes, autumn is here. Along with this colorful
    time of year comes an array of seasonal beverages, snacks and dishes. Our
    favorite, indisputably, is chili. Chili recipes are often as diverse as the
    chefs who make them—from red, white or green to veggie, beef or poultry, the
    sky is the limit for those with a taste for this delectable dish. So add a
    little spice to your calendar this fall and attend a chili cook-off near

    Here’s a look at a few International Chili Society
    (ICS)-sanctioned events across the country. These cook-offs feature chili,
    chili verde or salsa categories, and most have an amateur or community
    division as well.

    Happy Trails
    Regional Chili Cook-Off

    The 12th
    Annual Happy Trails Regional Cook-Off
    takes place in mid-October in
    Apple Valley, California. Local businesses, clubs and individuals are
    encouraged to enter the community division, while professionals have a shot
    to qualify for the 2014 ICS World Championships by entering into the
    International Chili Society division.

    This cook-off is an
    annual fundraiser for the Apple Valley Rotary Club. Entry into the chili
    tasting is $5 per adult and includes a tasting kit and ballot for

    Other event offerings include food vendors and a
    beer garden, live music, a car show, a horseshoe tournament, and a special
    area for families – featuring an actual pick-up truck that your kids can help


    Victorville Shady Oasis RV

    This park offers campsite
    rentals for tents and RVs, as well as small cabin rentals. Amenities include
    free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a mini-mart and more. Guests can also rent
    bicycles and take advantage of the various sporting courts

    Oak Hills RV

    This RV park offers daily,
    weekly and monthly rates to accommodate travelers. Located on the historic
    Route 66, amenities include a library/book exchange, laundry facilities and
    24-hour registration.


    Also known as the Taylorville
    , this event is much more than your average cook-off. In
    addition to the chili cook-off and traditional chili tasting, the festival
    also holds Miss and Mister Chilli Pepper pageants, a 5K run, beard and apron
    contest, and parade.

    The Taylorville Chillifest, taking
    place Oct. 4-5, will also celebrate the 175th anniversary of the town of
    Taylorville, Illinois, and the county in which it resides, Christian



    The Springfield KOA offers
    tent camping, RV campsites and cabin accommodations for rental. After hitting
    the Taylorville Chillifest, guests can swing over to Springfield and tour the
    historical home, office and library of Abraham

    Double J

    This campground, also
    located in Springfield, offers extra long RV campsites, and family-friendly
    activities, including mini golf, Frisbee golf, and a dog-walking

    Moosehaven Regional Chili

    The Fifth
    Annual Moosehaven Heart of the Community Chili Cook-Off
    takes place
    on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Orange Park, Florida. The day’s festivities include a
    community breakfast, craft show, car show and, of course, chili tasting.
    Special guest Bobby Brantley of TruTV’s “Lizard Lick Towing” will join the
    fun this year.

    People’s Choice chili judging is just $5,
    and visitors can register a car in the car show for $20. All proceeds from
    this chili cook-off benefit the Mooseheart School Project.


    Whitey’s Fish Camp

    Fish Camp is a restaurant, fish camp and RV park combined into one location.
    The restaurant and bar features nightlife activities including bingo, Texas
    hold’em, and live music, while those looking for daytime fun can stop by the
    bait and tackle shop then hit the water for a fishing

    Fleetwood RV

    Located in Jacksonville, this
    centrally located park is just a 20-minute drive to Orange Park, home of the
    Moosehaven Chili Cook-Off. Fleetwood’s amenities include on-site laundry,
    free cable and Wi-Fi, and, as a plus, it’s also close to several

    Capon Bridge Founders Day
    Homestyle Chili Cook-Off

    , located in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, offers free
    admission and parking for a day of a chili cook-off and tasting, food and
    craft vendors, live music, craft demonstrations, a lumberjack competition and
    a kid’s zone for family-friendly fun. All chili is cooked from scratch


    The Cove

    This campground,
    nestled on 3,000 acres in the Appalachian Mountains, is a certified tree farm
    with 100 campsites and several small cabins for visitors to reserve. Three
    spring-fed lakes are on the grounds, as well as a target range, volleyball
    court and a sandy beach area for water

    Candy Hill

    Located in Winchester,
    Candy Hill Campground offers cabin rentals, as well as RV and tent camping
    access. On-site amenities include a swimming pool, bike and golf cart
    rentals, cable and Wi-Fi, and a family game room.

    Saint Nick’s Chili Fix Chili Cook-Off

    takes place just in time for the holidays. Five dollar
    admission and dish entry fees benefit the local Meals on Wheels in Anderson,
    South Carolina. Professional and amateur chili cooks face off for the honor
    of first prize. Parents, bring the kids, as Santa Claus will make an
    appearance during the day.


    Carolina Landing RV

    This RV resort offers
    luxury and deluxe cabin rentals in addition to RV hook-ups. The campground is
    near Lake Hartwell and is a gateway to water recreation with a marina and
    boat dock, along with other on-site amenities including mini golf, RV storage
    and a fitness center.