About 45 miles north of Cheyenne, it will be well worth the drive to check out one of the spiciest events of the year (pun intended).


38TH ANNUAL! Wow, it's been going on that long?

A list of events is below.

The Chugwater Chili Cook-Off is on Saturday, June 15th.

Each year thousands flock to this festival from not only Wyoming, but surrounding states as well.

Visitors and chili connoisseurs alike can taste the chili, compete against others to see if their chili has what it takes to rank with the best, and enjoy some live music.

The entire family is invited out this year as there will be activities for all ages.

Dare to enter the hot chili pepper eating contest.

Kids can DIVE into the pie eating contest.

Photos By Tim Manese
Photos By Tim Manese

The event is recognized by the Chili Appreciation Society and whether you want to celebrate it, taste it, or cook in it, you're welcome. There's also a People's Choice Award at stake.


  • Chili and Salsa tasting! Don’t miss your chance to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award for the best-tasting chili and salsa in the state!
  • Prizes to our Red Chili, Green Chili, and Salsa cooks! Anyone and everyone is encouraged to enter!
  • Live music! Brennan Scott Greene, Sterling Drake, Kenny Feidler, and the Cowboy Killers
  • Complimentary wagon rides from the parking areas!
  • Car Show complete with trophies and a winner’s parade!
  • Jalapeño and pie-eating contests! Enter at your own risk!
  • A kid’s area complete with fantastic new games and activities for the little ones! (Ninja Course, Face Painting, much more.)
  • Shopping at our food and product vendors
  • Adults-only Beer Tent
  • Bronc Riding

Festivities will kick off at approximately 9 a.m. at Staats Park in Chugwater.

The rodeo will end roughly around 8 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to stick around in town for some dancing at the Stampede Saloon.

You can purchase tickets for just $20 per person, which gives you access to all events mentioned.

Photos By Tim Mandese
Photos By Tim Mandese

Visit the Chugwater Chili Cookoff website at this link for more information or to pre-purchase tickets.

Glenn Woods, from Wyoming's morning radio talk show Wake Up Wyoming, will be hosting the event and signing books.


The cook-off began in 1986 as a way to celebrate the best chili and the best town, together. Now, the cook-off has grown to the largest single-day event in the state.

As a registered non-profit organization, all funds raised are invested back into the Chugwater community to help the town continue to flourish.

They proudly support our local Economic Development Center and Historical Group, as well as our local schools, volunteer Fire Department, and Community Center.

In addition, a portion of the funds raised go toward a scholarship fund.

Chugwater's Hysterical Pie Eating Contest.

One of Wyoming's smallest towns added a new event. A PIE EATING CONTEST.

The rules are simple:

Not hands allowed.

Eat as much as you can before time is up.

The results are hysterical.

Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods


Gallery Credit: Glenn Woods

Painful To Watch, Chugwater Rodeo Rider Caught Under Hoof

Harding ridding at the 2021 Chugwater Chili Cookoff in Chugwater Wyoming