September 8 & 9, 2017

28th Annual Chilimania

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Chili Time!

The Latest Chilimania News

Potter receives inaugural Mark Reitz Award

18 Feb 2018

New 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…

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2016 Community Donations Total Announced

18 Jan 2017

2016 donations are record amount! Chilimania is proud to announce the full list of 2016 donations made to the community and various service groups. A total of…

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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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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.

Want to try 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! Be quick, though — the fun only lasts as long as the chili, which can sometimes be gone in an hour or less!

The weekend-long event also features a 5K/10K 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.

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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 past quarter-century, we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to give back more and more each year. Chilimania sponsored seven scholarships to graduating 2016 Edgerton High School seniors totaling $10,500 — the highest number in Chilimania history — and we’re doing it again for the Class of 2017!

Learn more about Chilimania View the 2017 schedule What’s Country Edge?

2017 Sponsors

Carolina Reaper Level ($5,000+)

Reitz DentalBud Light

Ghost Pepper Level ($2,000 - $4,999)

2 Brothers Downtown Pub & GrillNew Composite Partners

Habanero Level ($1,000-$1,999)

David Luellwitz, D.O.WJVL 99.9FMWhy The Fuss? Technical Solutions