Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chilimania?

Chilimania is Edgerton’s largest annual party! It is home to the Wisconsin State Championship CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off, a traditional chili cook-off, a salsa contest, public chili tasting, best Bloody Mary competition, a 5k fun run & walk, 12 hours of live music, food, fun, and more!

Since 1990, the festival has been held annually on the Saturday after Labor Day in beautiful downtown, Edgerton, Wisconsin. Started as a Jaycees fundraiser, the festival grew so much over the years that it was eventually spun off into its own 501(c)3 organization, Chilimania, Inc.

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What is Country Edge?
Chilimania has gone country! Since 2016 Chilimania has hosted Country Edge, an outdoor country music concert and street festival, on the Friday night preceding Chilimania. This country-music concert features some of the top local, regional, and national talent and serves as the official Chilimania pre-party. Country Edge is held on the Main Stage located on the Chilimania grounds (North Henry Street in downtown Edgerton).

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What is the Chili Chase?

The Chili Chase is a 5K or 10K fun run and walk that serves as the official kickoff for the annual, daylong Chilimania festival in downtown Edgerton, WI. The Chili Chase is a fundraising event, with all proceeds from entry fees donated back to the community via the Chilimania Scholarship & Community Donations Fund.

Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities — and their four-legged friends, who are invited to compete to become the official Chilimania Mascot — are encouraged to participate.

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Where does Chilimania take place?
Chilimania and related activites take place in downtown Edgerton, Wisconsin. The fesitval grounds are located on North Henry Street, with the main gate located at the intersection of West Fulton and North Henry.

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How does Chilimania benefit the community?

Chilimania’s mission is to promote the Edgerton business community, social responsibility, and to raise funds to support the education of our youth. Each spring, proceeds from the previous year’s festival fund scholarships to graduating Edgerton High School seniors.

For many years, Chilimania was privileged to award four scholarships each spring. However, due to the overwhelming success of our 25th anniversary celebration on Sept. 6, 2014, we awarded six (6) $1,500 scholarships at the Edgerton High School Awards ceremony on May 20, 2015.

A strong showing from Chilimania 2015 saw us increase the number of scholarships to seven (7) for the Class of 2016, totaling $10,500!

In 2018, Chilimania has upped the value of each scholarship to $2,500 each, totaling $17,500! We also made donations to a wide variety of community-based organizations and projects. Thanks to everyone who supports Chilimania for helping us help the community!

Can I bring my pet to Chilimania?

While we do not restrict attendees from bringing their pets onto the Chilimania grounds, we also do not encourage this behavior. Chilimania can be crowded, hot, loud, or all of the above, which is not always a comfortable environment for our furry friends. Any pets on the grounds must be leashed at all time and owners must clean up any waste. We do allow and encourage pets to participate in the Chili Chase … we even have an official mascot contest!

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What is your weapons policy?
There are NO WEAPONS ALLOWED anywhere on the Chilimania grounds! This includes concealed and open carry. Please leave all weapons at home or locked safely in your vehicle.
What is CASI?
The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, has as its mission to create and maintain a structure that promotes chili cook-off events which bridge the gap between local charitable organizations, the community and corporations.

CASI-sanctioned chili cook-offs are intended to bring local communities and competitive chili cooks together to raise awareness of chili and raise funds for the local charities, while supporting the community with wholesome, enriched competitive cooking events.

The group’s motto, “Chili, Charity, and Fun,” describes the theme of their cook-offs and the positive environment the events create. Resoundingly successful in accomplishing their mission, since being founded in 1983 CASI has generated and donated more than $30 million to local charities.

CASI is governed by a diverse volunteer board of directors elected by local affiliate pods nationally and internationally. The Board of Directors governs in accordance with state and federal regulation.

The board manages the day-to-day business operations, preserves rules and procedures for competitive cookoffs, oversees the sanctioning of local cookoffs nationally and internationally, hosts the annual CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship cookoff, manages charitable donation initiatives and administers a national scholarship program.

For more information, visit the official CASI website.

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