The weather has been chilly, but the chili is going to be hot

Chili Cook-Off featuring many chili chefs Saturday

Gilbert Chavez knows chili. And he loves it.



Chavez grew up in northern New Mexico and claims his mother used to put jalapenos in his milk.

“We ate chili with every meal,” he chuckled. “The hotter, the better.”

The truck driver from Dickinson will get a chance to taste the local chili flair on Saturday at the High Plains Cultural Center. Chili chefs will be trying to one-up each other at the Chili Cook Off. The cooking will start at 11 a.m. with the tasting starting at 4 p.m. The cost to enter the chili Camelot is $10 and those with the appetite and courage will have free reign.

“I’ll be there, “ said Chavez. “If I had time, I probably would’ve signed up. My grandma’s recipe is out of this world.”

He smiled a crooked smile.

“But I guess everybody has a grandma whose recipe is out of this world,” he chuckled. “I can’t wait to try them.”

Kim Ayers-Roberts, the assistant manager at the High Plains Cultural Center, said about 15 cooks are signed up for the event. There will be cash prizes given for first, second and third places. There will also be a cash prize for the best theme booth and skit. Each contestant will have five minutes to compete, Ayers-Roberts said.

Childcare will be provided from 4-10 p.m. for chili chompers, Ayers-Roberts said.

And after they get their fill of the hot stuff, they’ll get a chance to enjoy the hot music of “Pistol Grip.” The hometown troubadours play a variety of music from country to rock-a-Billy, bluegrass, 50s classics and others.    

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