Second Annual Chili Cook Off Coming Up at The Highland Center


The Highland Center’s Second Annual Chili Cook Off is coming up on November 4.  Registration is now open for chili cooks.

Elizabeth Lohr-Myers has more.  She is the Executive Director at The Highland Center.

“The Annual Chili Cook Off is an event that we started last year in 2022, just a way for people to come together and enjoy each others company in a fun way,” says Lohr-Myers.  “It’s technically not a cook off, in that the chili cooks do not cook on site, but it’s just a competition where people bring their chili and see how it ranks against their friends and neighbors.”

The registration fee for chili cooks is $5.    If you want to attend and taste all the chili, admission is $10 per person and $5 for children 12 and under.  That includes unlimited chili tasting and access to a cash bar.  Music for the event will be provided by DJ Scott Smith.

“We have tripled the amount of prize money that we have available,” says Lohr-Myers.  “So, there is $300 in cash prizes in each chili category.  That’s Spicy Chili, Mild Chili and White Chili, plus there are three special prizes for the People’s Favorite Chili, for Best Presentation and for Best Toppings.   So, there is the opportunity to earn a lot of money in prizes. We have several local cooks and restaurateurs who are coming to judge the three chili categories.  All the people who come to the event and taste the chili have the chance to vote for the People’s Favorite and my staff will select the Best Presentation and the Best Toppings.”

The Second Annual Chili Cook Off will be held at The Highland Center in Monterey on Saturday, November 4, from 5 to 7pm.

“I should say thank you to our excellent event sponsors,” says Lohr-Myers.  “We have the lovely people at The Monterey Inn sponsoring the prizes for the Spicy Chili and we have Summit Community Bank sponsoring two of the prizes for the Mild Chili.  Everyone who lives and works in Highland realizes that we all put so much effort into every event that we have, this just seems like a way to bring people together and offer something to the community that does not require long volunteer hours from everyone.  Just a fun, low-key, way for people to come together and not work too hard to have fun.”

Chili cooks should register soon, as space is limited.   The registration form is available at

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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