13th annual Chilirhea chili cook-off set for Saturday

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Fayetteville’s largest chili cooking competition (that we know of, anyway) is coming up this weekend.

The 13th annual Chilirhea chili cook-off is set for Saturday, March 10 at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

The event, which began as a backyard party among friends in 2004 has grown into a huge annual fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research, raising over $350,000 over the past five years for Alzheimer’s Arkansas and UAMS Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

This year’s event has a western theme, and will include over 30 teams competition for the chili making crown. There will be live music by The Uncrowned Kings, a silent auction, a live auction, and more.

The chili competition will be judged by locals from the community, and attendees may also vote in the people’s choice competition.

The fun starts at noon, chili will be served until at least 2 p.m., and the party goes until 6 p.m.

Tickets are $35 in advance, and $40 at the door. All the chili you can eat and drinks are included in the ticket price.

For more information, visit chilirhea.net.