Homecoming Chili Cook-Off 2020


Western has teamed up with Downtown Rock Springs to host the second annual Homecoming Chili Cook-Off, Saturday February 8th from 10:30AM-1:30PM! It is free to the public and chili will be served in the Bunning Hall and various businesses downtown. Participants will be given a raffle card for chances to win prizes.  Other activities include:

  • Children's Coloring Contest 
  • Meet Thunder the Mustang Mascot 
  • Mustang Pride Face Painting
  • S'mores by the International Club
  • Mustang Cheer Squad

Have a winning chili recipe?

Businesses and individuals in Sweetwater County are invited to enter the contest! It’s FREE to enter! Western will be accepting submissions until January 24th for red or green chili.

Due to Health Department requirements, all chili must be made in a licensed kitchen. If you do not have access to a licensed kitchen - not to worry! Western’s dining hall, Mitchell’s, opens its doors to allow contestants to use their facilities free of charge.

Here's what you need: 

  1. Read our registration guidelines for details.

  2. Decide where your chili heat lands on the Scoville Scale

  3. Download and fill out your registration form, then send the completed form to Audrey Harton at aharton@westernwyoming.edu.

  4. Take a look at the temporary food requirements from the Sweetwater County Health Department. 

To schedule a time to cook in Mitchell’s contact Audrey Harton at aharton@westernwyoming.edu.

For those not interested in entering a chili, come downtown and do some taste testing! The Homecoming Chili Cook-Off is family-fun for everyone. Attendees can meet Western's mascot, Thunder, get their faces painted, sample delicious chilies made by local chefs, visit businesses downtown, and mingle with community members. 

Following the Chili Cook-Off, participants are encouraged to cheer on the Mustangs our women's and men's basketball teams take on Casper College in the Rushmore Gym, starting at 2PM! Winners of the Chili Cook-Off and participants will be announced at the games. 

See you there, and - GO MUSTANGS! 


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