Competition heats up

Posted: March 1, 2018 at 3:30 a.m.

Courtesy photo Judges test chilis at a past Chilirhea chili contest and fundraiser. The 13th annual event will be March 10 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville.

The competition is heating up for the Chilirhea cookoff March 10. Forty local professional and amateur chefs will square off to create their best chili concoctions on site. Then a panel of 12 judges will taste and vote. Judges will award prizes for best chili and best execution of this year's western theme. A People's Choice Award will go to the chili maker who receives the most votes -- in the form of $1 tokens -- from event guests


What: Chili competition, beer, live music, silent auction, hot dog stand, wine pull and kids’ zone

When: Noon to 5 p.m. March 10 (Chili guaranteed until 2 p.m.)

Where: Washington County Fairgrounds in Fayetteville

Tickets: $35 in advance or $40 at the door

Attire: Casual

Information: (501) 626-6563 or

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