The 2013 Illinois State Fair is going strong and finishes on August 18, with an International Chili Society (ICS) regional chili cookoff featuring Red Chili, Verde Chili, and Salsa contests. The fair also has a lot going on with entertainment during the cookoff – and don’t forget the fair food. After the cookoff the Grandstand features the bands Journey and Night ranger. Come join the fun it is not too late to sign-up.

Winners of these contests qualify to compete in the ICS’s World Championship at the Spa Casino Resort in Palm Springs CA in October. This event is also a World Food Championship qualifying event. The World Food Championships are scheduled to be held in Las Vegas in November.

The contests are open to any member of the ICS. Cooks may join the ICS upon application for this contest. Pre-registered cooks will get a pass into the grounds and free parking. Entry fees are still $30-red; $20 – verde and $15 Salsa. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three in each category.

Don’t be shut out!

Interested persons can go to the ICS web site at , the State Fair web site at, or they can contact chairman Larry Eastep at


Larry Eastep

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