Follow along with our #Chilimania2016 live blog

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, and live music is set to begin soon. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, so there’s no excuse not to make your way to Chilimania on this fine late-summer Saturday!

We’ll be posting updates throughout the day (or as long as our smartphone batteries will allow), so if for some reason you’re Chilimanianot able to join us, you can still take part in the fun. Check back often!


Chilimania September 10, 20168:17 pm

Judging has completed and the big winners have been announced. Without further adieu, here’s the official list:

2016 Chilimania Winners

CASI Chili

  1. Terry Brookens – Milton, WI **2016 CASI WI State Champion**
  2. Tim Hoffman – Oxford, WI
  3. Bill Pierson – Batavia, IL
  4. Richard Geiger – Midlothian, IL
  5. Kenny Jones – Reidsville, NC
  6. Jim Weller – Rockton, IL
  7. Racael DeGrand – Edgerton, WI
  8. Tania Gross – Stoughton, WI
  9. Ken Blaida – Streamwood, IL
  10. Marvin Charleston – Milton, WI

Traditional Chili

  1. Bill Pierson – Batavia, IL
  2. Heather Asplund – Edgerton, WI
  3. Cheryl Pierson – Batavia, IL
  4. Kenny Jones – Reidsville, NC
  5. Rick Geiger – Midlothian, IL
  6. Tim Hoffman – Oxford, WI
  7. Larry Patnoe – Beloit, WI
  8. Marvin Charleston – Milton, WI
  9. Highwood Association – Edgerton, WI
  10. Don Weber – Livingston, TX

CASI Showmanship

  1. The Walking Dead – Keith Conroy, Edgerton, WI (captain)
  2. Duck Dynasty – Randy Seitz, Racine, WI (captain)
  3. Highwood – Annette Johnson, Edgerton, WI (captain)


  1. Kurt Baumgartner – Stoughton, WI
  2. Nikki & Bruce Matejka – St. Paul, MN
  3. Kim McKinney – Janesville, WI

Best Booth

  1. Casey Longhenry – Edgerton, WI (Billy Buster Chili, Booth #35)
  2. Randy Seitz – Racine, WI (Duck Dynasty, Booth #1)
  3. Jessica Ryckman – Edgerton, WI (Chili Casino, Booth #52)

People’s Choice

  1. Annette Johnson – Edgerton, WI (Highwood, Booth #3)
  2. Gordie Rusch – Edgerton, WI (Booth #23)
  3. Casey Longhenry – Milton, WI ((Billy Buster Chili, Booth #35)
Chilimania September 10, 20164:06 pm

Public Tasting + People’s Choice

Scenes from our annual public chili tasting and People’s Choice award voting. Which chili was your favorite?

Chilimania September 10, 20162:07 pm

The Monday Morning Dixie Band – a Chilimania tradition! Up next on the Main Stage from 2-5PM is Altered Five, Milwaukee’s rockin’ R&B band!

Chilimania September 10, 201611:24 am

It’s Bloody Mary Time!

Our third annual Best Bloody Mary Contest is under way at 2 Brothers Downtown Pub & Grill! Our randomly selected judges (pictured below with clipboards in hand) took their jobs very seriously, judging each of the five competing establishments on both taste and presentation.
Who will be named as the Edgerton area’s best-looking and/or best-tasting Bloody Mary?

Chilimania September 10, 20169:50 am

Scenes from the Chili Chase 5K

It was a bit soggy, but that did not deter 200+ brave souls from completing the route!
Congratulations to all who competed this morning

Congrats to our Chilimania mascot, Otis, and his owners, Kaylynn & Hailey Baumann of Edgerton.

Best group costumes went to “The Spice Girls,” as seen in the above two photos.

Our first-place finishers (male and female, tied) are Nora Ferguson of Lisle, IL, and Eric Erspamer of Edgerton! Complete race results will be posted soon at Tortoise & Hare Timing’s website.

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)

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