Home to the Wisconsin State CASI Chili Cook-Off, two days of live music, a 5K/10K and more … and all for a good cause!


Sept. 7-8, 2018


Edgerton, Wis.

Thanks for another great year!

What is Chilimania?

Held annually during the weekend after Labor Day in Edgerton, Wisconsin, Chilimania is home to the Wisconsin State Championship CASI-Sanctioned Chili Cook-Off, a Traditional Chili Cooking Contest, and a Salsa Contest. The weekend-long event also features a 5K/10K fun run & walklive music on Friday night and all-day Saturday, a Best Bloody Mary contest, and more! You’re invited to taste some of these delicious concoctions and help choose the People’s Choice! Arrive in time for the Public Chili Tasting at 3 p.m. Saturday, grab a cup, spoon, and ballot, and get tasting! Chilimania is  501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote the Edgerton business community, social responsibility, and to raise funds to support the education of our youth. We’ve raised more than $200,000 since 1990!

Live Music Lineup


We have an amazing slate of bands set to perform during Country Edge and Chilimania! All performances are on the Main Stage, located on North Henry Street in downtown Edgerton.

Country Edge Headliner: Morgan Wallen

Chilimania Headliner: Queen Nation


2018 Admission prices

All proceeds benefit the Chilimania Scholarship Fund and other community-based projects and organizations
2018 Admission Info
Note: Country Edge and Chilimania are separate events and require separate admission tickets.
Country EdgeFriday, Sept. 7
Adults & teens:
Children 12 & under:
$10 advance, $15 at the gate
Free with adult
ChilimaniaSaturday, Sept. 8
Adults & teens:
Children 12 & under:
$8 at the gate
Free with adult

Chili Chase 5K/10K

Fitness & Fun For All Ages
The Chili Chase serves as the official kickoff for the daylong Chilimania festival. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities — and their four-legged friends, who are invited to compete to become the official Chilimania 2018 Mascot — are encouraged to participate.
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2018 Presenting Sponsors

Thanks to our Carolina Reaper & Ghost Pepper sponsors:
Bud Light logo
2 Brothers Bar & Grill
New Composite Partners
Minuteman Press
105.9FM The Hog

Chili Cook-Off & Salsa Contest

Help choose the People's Choice Chili!
It wouldn’t be Chilimania without delicious, aromatic chili! You don’t have to be a pro to enter — all you need is a passion for great chili. Be sure to arrive in time for the public tasting at 3PM Saturday. Sample as many chilis as you’d like and vote for your favorite to win People’s Choice!

Join in the Chilimania fun!

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Chili Chase 5K/10K
Your entry includes: 5K or 10K route. Runners & walkers of all abilities welcome. Four-legged friends, too! A Chili Chase t-shirt (enter by Aug. 6 to guarantee your size). Awards for top finishers. Games & fun afterward for all! Learn more

CASI and/or Traditional Chili

Chili & Salsa Competitions
Price includes: One (1) entry into the Best Chili and Salsa contests (CASI and/or Traditional Chili) A 10 ft. by 10 ft. booth space Each cook must make minimum 2 gallons of chili for public tasting

Partner With Chilimania

Corporate Sponsorships
Reasons to sponsor: Help us raise money for college scholarships & community donations. Brand association with a festival with a 29-year track record of success. Free tickets and other perks at the year’s biggest party!

Location, Directions & More

Everything you need to know
Chilimania and related activities take place in downtown Edgerton. The festival is held on North Henry Street, with the main gate located at the intersection of West Fulton and North Henry. Separate admission is required for Country Edge (Friday night) and Chilimania (all day Saturday).
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Chilimania News

The latest news and updates on Chilimania, Country Edge & the Chili Chase 5K/10K

Lawver receives 2019 Mark Reitz Award

Annual award honors Chilimania’s top volunteer, service legacy of Edgerton native Chilimania organizers often are asked why they put in countless hours to produce the annual festival. Chilimania co-founder and Board of Directors member Tom Reitz explains the...

Tips for Country Edge 2018 attendees

Ready to see Morgan Wallen tonight at Country Edge? Some tips & reminders: Enter through the main gate, located at the intersection of Fulton and North Henry streets. Arrive early to avoid lines. Gates open at 5PM with music beginning shortly thereafter. Bring...

Morgan Wallen to headline Country Edge

Rising country star to play Sept. 7 in Edgerton on the heels of a #1 hit, tour with Luke Bryan We’re going to turn the streets of downtown Edgerton into one big party on Friday, Sept. 7 as Chilimania 2018 weekend kicks off with Country Edge, an outdoor concert...