The 2018 Henniker Rotary Chili Fest is Sunday, August 19, 2018

Meet Our Master of Ceremonies

Well known around southern NH and Massachusetts radio stations for his 11+ years at Rock 101 WGIR-FM in Manchester and another 5 years as the afternoon drive host on Worcester station cluster WXLO/The Pike/Oldies WORC-FM, AJ Crozby returned to independent radio station WXRV, The River 92.5 eight years ago, where he is both an evening on air presence and Creative Services Director, managing the company's advertising schedule and on air imaging. Crozby hails from The Great Granite State, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire to be more specific. While attending prep school and working on the campus radio station he was bitten by the Radio Bug and knew that's what he wanted to do the rest of his life. He attended Marietta College in Ohio, earning a BS in Radio/TV, then moved back to New Hampshire after graduating to begin his radio career. A true chili lover, Crozby and his wife have participated in mini-competitions in the past. He notes "I love food in general, especially cheese!". Traveling, music, his pets and classic movies are also big loves. Little known fact: he has a tattoo of Alfred Hitchcock on his arm. We welcome AJ Crozby to the Henniker Chili Fest family as our Master of Ceremonies this year.

Chili Fest Events

Events Chili Sampling & Judging:

This year we will have three different contests:

Professional: Entry fee $25. Prepare minimum of six gallons of chili. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Judges' Awards, Peoples' Choice Award and Best Booth Display - banners and trophies to display in your place of business.

Amateur: Entry fee $15. Prepare minimum of four gallons of chili. 1st place: $1,000! 2nd, 3rd place Judges' Awards, Peoples' Choice Award and Best Booth Display - trophies.

Service Clubs: Entry fee $15. Prepare minimum of four gallons of chili. 1st place: $200 for the charity of your choice, 2nd, 3rd, place trophies.

Download your entry form here


The Dave Chiasson Band with members of The McMurphys as special guests with continuous shows throughout the afternoon.
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EntertainmentThe McMurphys
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Food Court

Food Court Food Court: Food Court: A variety of foodstuffs will be available for purchase, along with beverages a Beer Wagon and ice cream coordinated by Pats Peak.

For The Kids

For the Kids The KidZone: Noon - 4:30 PM White Birch Community Center will coordinate a range of children's activities for kids of all ages. White Birch has been providing quality child care for ages 12 months to 14 years old in Henniker for over 30 years. Children visiting with us at the White Birch KidZone will enjoy stimulating activities, fun crafts and entertaining games. White Birch is a 501C(3) nonprofit community center that provides social, education and recreation programs for the local Henniker community.

Back for a second year are special activities courtesy of Village Idiotz including giant slide, Laser Tag and the Monster Maze.

The KidZone is sponsored by TD Bank.

Car Cruise In

Cruise In Antique cars, trucks and other vehicles will be featured once again.

First 50 vehicles to arrive will receive a dashboard magnet. Anyone who brings a vehicle to display in the Car Cruise will receive a discount to attend Chili Fest. There is no fee to just bring your vehicle for display.
Sponsored by Edmund's ACE Hardware.

Awards Ceremony:

Awards Join us for raffle drawings and to see who will be the Judges' and Peoples' Choice Award winners and which chili makers will win the Best Booth Display.

Mark Sunday, August 19th, 2018 on your calendars and prepare to join your neighbors and friends in this annual family friendly event at Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH

Proceeds from the annual Chili Fest support local, national and international projects sponsored by the Henniker Rotary Club and Rotary International.