Chili-Fest to cook up 4 types of chili, sanctioned by International Chili Society

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WELLS - The Wells Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 21st annual Chili-Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Wells Junior High campus on Route 1 in Wells from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Joe Harvey Invitational Cookoff, sanctioned by the International Chili Society, is one of the last events available for “chiliheads” to qualify to compete in the World Championship which will be held this year in September in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Entrants for this cook-off come from as far away as Florida, Nevada and Illinois.

The Wells Chamber of Commerce will host Chili-Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27.
The Wells Chamber of Commerce will host Chili-Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The Cookoff will feature cooks in four categories: Red Chili made with beef and red ripened chili peppers; Green Chili (verde) made with either chicken or pork and green chili peppers, Homestyle (traditional chili with beans) along with a Youth Homestyle division and Salsa. Cash prizes and plaques are given to the winners along with bragging rights.

The chili cooks will be bringing their chili to be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the People’s Choice competition with a $250 first prize. Ballots for People’s Choice are included in the “tasting kits” available for sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wells Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

Kennebunk Savings is the primary event sponsor and DF Richard Energy is the Gold Sponsor.

Vendors and crafters will also be on hand for this event.

The event is free and there is free parking onsite. For more information, visit

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Wells ME Chamber of Commerce to host annual Chili-Fest