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September 9 & 10, 2016

27th Annual Chilimania

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The Latest Chilimania News

Chilimania 2016 Cook-Off and Contest Winners

10 Sep 2016

Thanks to everyone who competed, judged, or just came downtown Edgerton to partake in this wonderful festival we call Chilimania. Without you all, we would…

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Follow along with our #Chilimania2016 live blog

10 Sep 2016

You’ve waited all year long, and it’s finally here -- Chilimania 2016 is officially under way in downtown Edgerton! The chili is cooking, the beer is flowing,…

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Presenting the Chilimania 2016 trophies

23 Aug 2016

Hand-carved by the Rock River Valley Carvers, these beauties are awarded to the winners of all the various Chilimania events. Want to take home one of…

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Chilimania 2015 headliner Back in Black rocks a crowd of thousands. Photo by Jon "Gunner" Grefsheim.

2015 headliner Back in Black rocks a crowd of thousands. Photo by Jon “Gunner” Grefsheim.

Welcome to Chilimania!

Chilimania is held annually the weekend after Labor Day in Edgerton, Wisconsin. It is home to the Wisconsin State Championship CASI-Sanctioned Chili Cook-Off, a Traditional Chili Cooking Contest, and a Salsa Contest. The event also features a 5K fun run and walk, live music on Friday night and all-day Saturday, a Bloody Mary contest, and more!

Our mission is to promote the Edgerton business community, social responsibility, and to raise funds to support the education of our youth.

From humble beginnings …

Chilimania, a not-for-profit organization, started from a grand vision and began its first year with fewer than 20 cook-off participants. The event drew a loyal crowd that continued to grow year after year, as the festival consistently booked some of the Midwest’s best-known headlining bands on its Main Stage.

… To one of Edgerton’s favorite events!

Today, the group has given more than $120,000 back to the community during the past 26 years through annual spring scholarships to graduating Edgerton high school students, community donations, and many other Edgerton Student Clubs and Athletics.

Giving back to the community

As the event has grown over the course of more than a quarter-century, we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to give back more and more each year. Chilimania sponsored a total of seven scholarships to graduating 2016 Edgerton High School seniors totalling $10,500 — the highest number in Chilimania history!

Learn more about Chilimania!

2016 Sponsors

Ghost Pepper Level ($1,500+)

2 Brothers Downtown Pub & GrillReitz Dental

Habanero Level ($1,000-$1,499)

Ott Schweitzer Distributing/Miller BeerDavid Luellwitz, D.O.William WartmannWhy The Fuss? Technical Solutions