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Traders Village looking for chili cookoff judges

Traders Village looking for chili cookoff judges - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Nick Morgenroth adds his last spices and folds them them into the meat and broth at the 2019 Texas Open Chili Championship at Traders Village. The 45th annual Texas Open Chili Championship is set for July 24 and 25 at Traders Village, San Antonio. Photo provided by Clyde Rogers.

Traders Village is seeking judges and contestants for the 45th annual Texas Open Chili Championship July 24 and 25.

For those who wish to demonstrate their chili cooking skills, pre-registration is under way with an entry fee of $35, and $10 for the junior chili competition ages 7-17. Pre-registration is done by emailing with a deadline of July 20; entry fee instructions will be provided once information is received and entered in the system.

Clyde Rogers, chairman of the Texas State open Chili Championship at Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI), extends an invitation to students, faculty and anybody else to help judge this competition. Sign-up for judging will begin at noon July 24, with the first round of judging starting at 1 p.m.

The event is anticipating 150 cooks from around the country to compete for the top honors in Chili and junior Chili.

“We need judges,” Rogers said. “For 100 chilis (cooks), it takes about 120 judges and if we get the 150 chilis, it’s almost 165 judges that we need.”

Judging happens in four rounds with the final round happening between 3 and 4 p.m.

“I would like to have some of the A&M students or the professors…for the final table, which means you would be judging the top 20 to 22 out of that 150,” Rogers said.

The cookoff will take place under the pavilion with the brown roof on the far-left side of the compound. The parking fee at Traders Village is $4, and there will be signage with directions to the cookoff upon entering the parking area.

Some COVID-19 precautions will be followed; however, with the lifting of mask mandates, masks and social distancing will be at the public’s discretion.

Proceeds of this year’s cookoff will benefit Hope Hits Harder, which is a cancer foundation for kids.

“It’s the camaraderie with the people,” Rogers said. “We’re all one big family… we all help each other; everything we do is for charity.”

For more information, contact Clyde Rogers at

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Joel Guerrero
Joel Guerrero is a communication junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He received an Associate of Arts from Palo Alto College in May 2018. He works full time as a Quality Assurance Analyst. In his spare time, he likes singing karaoke and playing music as a DJ. Upon graduation, he hopes to pursue a career as part of the technical staff at a local TV station.

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