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Judging and Categories

Marion County Annual Chili Cook Off Judging

Competition chili is blind judged (judges do not know the identity of the team) on the following six characteristics:

  1. Good flavoring and chili pepper taste (not too hot or not too mild)
  2. The texture of the meat – not tough or mushy
  3. Consistency – chili should be a smooth combination of meat and gravy – not too thin or too thick
  4. Blending of the spices – how well they have permeated the meat
  5. Aroma – usually a personal preference of the judge
  6. Color – chili should look appetizing

Booths are judged in 5 categories with points in each category ranging from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.

  1. Theme – the show subject, topic, or context should be original
  2. Costume – Show costume should promote the show theme
  3. Booth Set-up – the show booth should promote the show theme
  4. Action/Spirit РShow should be action – oriented i.e. skits, songs, dances, etc.
  5. Audience Appeal – Show should be entertaining to the audience

The judges’ decisions are final.

Chili Awards*
Division Winners (small business, large business, etc) TBD
People's Choice Chili
Booth Awards*  

Most Creative Booth
Most Creative Costume
People's Choice Booth
"Trapper"  Ron Morgan Memorial Team Spirit Award
Dessert Contest*
*subject to change


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