Cook-off Wesite PicWelcome to the Annual Dayton Valley Chili Cook-Off!

Our two day event takes place on Logan Alley.  Once again participants can choose to compete on Saturday, Sunday or both days.  We offer contestants EIGHT events with prizes in excess of $3000.  Our events include:

PEOPLE’S CHOICE:  Contestants participate in an all in any style chili cook-off.  Cook your best chili and serve it to the crowds.  The crowd will evaluate the entries  and vote for their favorite.  The entry that receives the most votes wins the prize.   This allows businesses, individuals and ICS members to compete together.  There is a minimal daily entry fee and we require the contestant to serve at least two gallons of chili each day.  But remember – the more chili you cook – the more votes you can get.   Proceeds from the People’s Choice event will help support the Mason Valley Boys & Girls Club – Dayton Units.

If you are not an ICS member but still want to compete in the People’s Choice Event, please use this Entry Form:

People’s Choice Entry Form:  Peoples Choice Entry Form

People’s Choice Rules and Info: Peoples Choice Rules and Info


INTERNATIONAL CHILI SOCIETY RED, VERDE AND SALSA COMPETITIONS: Once again Dayton, Nevada  will host the best of the best chili cooks.  In years past, we have had chili cooks join us from California, Oregon, Nevada and parts unknown.  To compete in the ICS events you must be an ICS member.  Judged by a special panel, the prizes are great and the chili is greater.  For information on becoming an ICS member or to sign up as an ICS competitor please visit the ICS site at:


And for something new this year

Contestants will compete in an ICS Home-style type event.  The winner will win $300 and the opportunity to compete in the youth division at the International Chili Society World’s Championships in October at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.  Additionally, all contestants will be part of the People’s Choice event with a chance to win an additional $100.