Flashback Friday: 1984 State Chili Cook Off


Summer is a time when a lot of people like cooking outdoors. But sometimes people aren’t just cooking for a meal, they’re cooking for a prize.

In this week’s Flashback Friday, KELOLAND News takes a look at the state chili cook off in 1984.

Even the cool rain couldn’t douse the hot spices in the chili, or spirits of the 58 contestants from six States competing in the annual South Dakota chili cook off.

Fun and games prevailed as they vied for prizes in numerous meat and fowl categories.

“We’re going great heights, we’d like to go to California and comeback. We’re going to be big winners.”
There were serious chefs as well, but those were hard to find.

“Everything anybody brought in is what’s in there. We’ll see how it comes out.”

Judges looked for the ultimate concoction, which doesn’t necessarily need to include a gimmick.

“What good judges think about is that when they judge a bowl of chili you say to yourself ‘if this the only chili I could eat the rest of my life which one would I take pick.”

Timber is the world chili cook off champion he says The Secret to success is 50% quality chili and 60% luck. 

“Be persistent do a lot of research don’t get exotic and hang in there.”

And there were pigeons fortunately in the air and not the chili.

Side bets were placed on the Watertown based homing racers, a new event at this year’s celebration which was combined with white centennial.

Also featured, a demolition Derby for cars perhaps no match for the demolition in the mouths of the chili cook off judges.

Ginger Sexauer, KELOLAND News..

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