The Henniker Rotary Chili Fest takes place in August each year

2019 Chili Festival FAQ

How much does Chili Fest cost and what is included in my admission fee?
Your admission fee of $12 per person, $6 for children 10 and under and infants/toddlers FREE, entitles you to sample as many of the chilis as you want, all the KidZone activities, access to the craft vendor and Car Cruise In areas, the live concerts by The McMurphys featuring 17-year old fiddler, Reed Cullen.

What is a chili "sample"?
Each chili contestant will serve you a sample in a 1 oz. cup. With the number of contestants expected, you could have between 30 - 40 oz. of chili if you try each of them.

What else is happening at Chili Fest?
There will be a variety of craft vendors, 102.3 The River playing music, 50-50 raffle, giveaways, Beer Tent and a Food Court sponsored by Pats Peak with a range of concessions, beverages and Intervale Ice Cream.

Is there a charge for the Car Cruise In?
There is no fee to just bring your vehicle for display. 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.

How long can I drop my kids off at the White Birch KidZone?
Parents must accompany their child(ren) while they are in the KidZone. Chili Fest is a family-friendly event and the KidZone is meant to provide entertaining activities for the children, but it is not drop-in child care. For your child's safety, we ask that you remain with them while they sample the games and activities provided by White Birch Community Center.

Can we bring our dog?
Sorry, no pets allowed. You will not be admitted with your pet, unless it is an authorized Service Animal. This is for you and your pets' protection due to the large crowds.

Where does the money raised go?
In addition to providing cash awards to the top amateur chili makers, the money raised at Chili Fest goes back into the community supporting a number of local non-profits, providing scholarships to high school students going to college and contributing to International Humanitarian and Service projects that are part of the Rotary International Mission, such as polio eradication and pure water for the world.

How are the winners selected?
We have a Celebrity Panel of three judges who determine the top three winners in each division. You will be casting your ballot for the Peoples' Choice Awards in both the professional and amateur divisions. Best Booth Display will be judged by honorary judges selected by the Henniker Rotary Club.

Chilifest Photo

Chilifest Photo

Chilifest Photo

This video was created in 2011 and refers to the 2011 Chili Fest.

Watch for our 2020 Chili Fest next August and join your neighbors and friends in this annual family friendly event at Pats Peak Ski Area, 686 Flanders Road, Henniker, NH

Admission: Adults, $12.00; children 10 and under, $6.00; infants/toddlers free; Hours: Noon - 4:30 PM

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

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