This year’s 23rd annual Sertoma fundraiser will have two new improvements.
After a three-year absence, the “world-famous” International Chili Society chili cooks are returning. And the Carson Valley Inn has placed the event in their new outdoor entertainment facility, TJ’s Corral.
With the return of the ICS chili cooks, 20-plus contestants will be preparing, on both Saturday and Sunday, red chili, green chili and salsa.
“Most of these cooks are past champions and some have won the world championship event,” organizers said. “Our two-day chili cookoff fundraiser has been certified as a regional cookoff by the ICS. Therefore each day’s winners will be placed in the ICS World Cookoff Championship later this year.”
This year the cooks will have lots of People’s Choice chili at each cook’s booth for tasting all day. Tasting kits will be available at the Sertoma ticket booth and at the judging tent.
“Visitors can sample as many chili types as they want and then vote on their favorite,” organizers said.
The new TJ’s Corral venue will offer improved seating areas and entertainment access.
“As always, we will have our people mover running during the two-day event,” organizers said. “Handicapped parking, access and rest rooms are available.”
The Sertomans will be cooking up batches of their “almost world-famous” chili, hot dogs, chili dogs and hamburgers. A variety of cold draft beers, wines and soft drinks will be available.
Carl & The Classics will be providing live music from the new CVI stage.
More than 70 crafters and venders, from all along the west coast will be showing off their goodies.
“We will have games and fun activities for the whole family,” organizers said. “The raffle for our wheelbarrow of good adult beverages is always a great value.”
The Sertoma chili cookoff and craft fair is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 and 27. Admission and parking is free.
For more information, visit www.carsonvalleysertoma.org.