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The Great Blairsville Soup eR Chili Cook-Off

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Blairsville Elks

60 East Campbell Street

Blairsville, PA 15717

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The Great Blairsville Soup eR Chili Cook-Off is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the Blairsville Elks. Please join us in this fun, interactive way to showcase the area's best soup and chili-loving chefs, while bringing people together for a great time and great cause! All proceeds benefit Blairsville area community projects.

Enter your soup or chili or attend as a taster!

Taster’s fee: $10 (5 years and under free)
Includes tasting sample of each chili and soup, cornbread, rolls and chips + salsa. DJ provided by Brozeski Music, cash bar, chances to win 50/50 and baskets of cheer! Open to the public. Purchase a Taster ticket online ($10 + $2.24 processing fee) or pay at the door.

Doors open at 5:30 PM, tasting begins at 6 PM

Interested in entering?

Entering your soup or chili is easy! Purchase an Entry Registration ticket to submit your registration information and pay online.

​Want to enter more than one soup or chili? No problem. Just purchase an Entry Registration ticket for each soup or chili that you enter.

Cooks of any age can enter! Cooks 15 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult.

You can have up to two people help you. (If they also want to be tasters, they will need to pay as tasters at the door.)

One lucky cook will win the Peoples' Choice Award of $100

You are encouraged to provide decorations for your station. The Peoples' Choice award is influenced by your showmanship, decorations and attitude, PLUS the flavor of your soup or chili. Having a unique soup or chili name, a festive table and showmanship can draw people to your table for tasting -the best stations tend to get the most votes. Have fun and be sure to invite your family and friends to participate!

There is no limit on the number of votes that one person may cast, but cooks and their team members may not vote.

Awards and Cash Prizes

Awards and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category (soup and chili). Cash prize amounts are $50, $25 and $15.

Showmanship Awards

Showmanship is based on your theme, table set up, action and audience appeal. An anonymous judge will select the winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Showmanship Awards. Cash prize amounts are $25, $10 and $15.

Visit our website to see the list of winners, showmanship names and photos from past years!

Set Up Information and Cooking Rules

What Time Should You Arrive?

You should plan to arrive between 3:30 and 4:30 to sign in and begin setting up your station. Doors open at 5:30 and judging will begin shortly afterward so that the judges can sample your soup or chili while it’s hot and fresh! Tasting opens to the public at 6 p.m.

What we Provide

Each cook will be provided a station for his or her soup or chili, including table space, chairs, tasting bowls, napkins and spoons. You will have access to electric but will need to bring your own extension cord. Six-foot tables will be set up and may be shared by more than one contestant, depending on the number of entries. Table space will be approximately 3 x 2-ft.

What to bring

Bring your prepared soup or chili in a slow cooker or warmer, a ladle or two for serving, an extension cord, a sign and decorations for your space.

How much to make

You'll want to prepare for approximately 100 tasters, so it would be prudent to make at least 6 quarts of soup or chili (tasters will be sampling small amounts of each soup or chili). You will also need to provide a sample of your soup or chili for judging.


Chili Category

Chili must be prepared from ingredients assembled by the cooks; no mixes (see cooking rules).

Soup Category

Soup must be prepared from ingredients assembled by the cooks; no mixes (see cooking rules). Soup may be made with any recipe (broth, chowder, stews, bisques, etc.).

Judges will score the entries based on the following major considerations:

  • Flavor
  • Consistency
  • Blend of spices
  • Color
  • Aroma

Each contestant will be assigned a contestant’s letter between A-Z and will be given an official judging bowl for anonymous judging. Each contestant should verify that the letter on the bottom of their bowl is the same as their assigned contestant letter.

A cook-off committee member will visit your station to collect a sample of your soup or chili and deliver it to the judging area during the official times for judging.


One lucky cook will be chosen for the “People’s Choice” award by the tasters. Cooks and their team members may not vote. We will provide a container for collecting votes at each station. Votes will be turned into the sponsor and tallied near the end of the event.


  • Chili is defined as any combination of ingredients cooked with red and/or green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients. It may or may not include meat. Beans, pasta, rice, etc. are approved ingredients.
  • Soup is defined as any combination of ingredients and various spices cooked in water, stock, milk or some other liquid.

Cooking Rules

  • All soup and chili must be made from scratch; beginning with raw meats (if using meats), vegetables and spices.
  • The use of a chili or soup mix is not permitted.
  • The use of canned or bottled tomato products, pepper sauce, and/or garlic is permitted.
  • The use of boxed or canned stock and bases is permitted.
  • A complete list of ingredients for each entry must be presented when you check in. However, we don’t need your recipe.
  • Bring your finished soup or chili ready to heat and serve in a slow cooker or warmer.
  • A sample of your soup or chili will be obtained for judging.
  • A minimum of 6 quarts of soup or chili must be prepared for distribution to the public.
  • The soup or chili submitted for judging must be the same soup or chili served to the public or your team will be disqualified.

Event Sponsors

Indiana County Chamber of Commerce

Blairsville Community Development Authority

Iron Alley Soapworks


Leann Chaney: leannchaney@gmail.com or 724.422.1335

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