36th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-off Nov. 4th

Educators Become Creative Hosts During the 36th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off!

The Cornerstone School is an independent Pre-K through Middle school located in Ocala which fosters creative learning within our community. The school has been a wonderful resource for residents looking for an environment of independent learning. Not only is the school unique in its educational philosophies, but it’s also become known throughout the Marion County community for throwing one of the best parties of the year!


Photo courtesy of The Cornerstone School

The Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off has grown into a monster size party over the years, hosting in excess of 7500 attendees in 2016! This is one of the best events of the year, with proceeds going towards fundraising efforts for continued improvements of technology and facilities at the Cornerstone School.

This year is the 36th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off on November 4th, 2017. The event begins at 10 AM and goes until 5 PM and will be held at the Livestock Pavilion. Admission is $5.

In addition to 60 booths serving chili, there will be live bands, a children’s play area (run by Marion County Parks Department), a Car Show (sponsored by National Parts Depot), a food court run by Mojo’s grill, and the first annual Craft Beer Garden!

For an additional fee ($20) you can enter the craft beer garden and try unlimited samples of some of the top beers from 10 different nationally known Craft Beer Distributors. You will be given a wristband so you can come and go as you please throughout the day. The Craft Beer Garden is sponsored by Tri-Eagle Sales.

Each attendee gets to place one vote for their favorite chili, and one vote for their favorite decorated Chili Booth. The competition starts at 4:30pm and during the closing ceremonies winners will be announced for the following Chili Awards:

Chili Awards
Best of Show
Division Winners (small business, large business, etc)
People’s Choice
The Jim Lowery First Time Cook Award
Hottest Chili

Booth Awards
Best of Show
Most Creative Booth
Most Creative Costume
People’s Choice
WTRS Presents the “Trapper” Ron Morgan Memorial Team Spirit Award

“For 36 years, The Marion County Chili Cook-Off has been a staple in community events. The great Southeastern Livestock Pavilion transforms into a festive atmosphere of sensory delight. Warm, spicy aromas blend together, calling all hungry spectators to sample nearly 60 varieties of chili crafted by culinary aficionados from near and far. Enjoy live entertainment by local favorites and vote for who has the BEST LOOKING BOOTH, and make your choice for BEST CHILI. Come to sample or come to cook, we’ll see you there!” – excerpt from Marion County Chili Cook-off website.

Event Information

Saturday, November 4, 2017
10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Southeastern Livestock Pavilion
2232 NE Jacksonville Rd., Ocala, FL 34470
$5.00 Admission • Chili Samples
Craft Beer Garden • Car Show
Live Entertainment • Children’s Play Area

Please visit their website for more information, and we’ll see you there!