Perry County Literacy Council to Host Its Final Chili Cook-Off at Perry County Fair

Jun 25, 2024

Newport, PA, June 25, 2024 – The Perry County Literacy Council (PCLC) is excited to announce the grand finale of their annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser, set to take place on Saturday, August 17th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Perry County Fair. This marks the 20th and final year of our beloved cook-off, and we aim to make it the biggest and best one yet with a fundraising goal of $5,000 to support our programs in Perry County.

The event promises a day of fun, flavor, and friendly competition. We are calling on all chili enthusiasts—individuals, companies, and teams—to participate and showcase their chili-making skills. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure for your culinary talents or your business while contributing to a great cause.

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Set up from 11:00 to 12:00; sales begin anytime)
  • Location: Perry County Fair

Judging and Awards

  • Judging Time: 2:00 p.m.
  • Sales End: 2:30 p.m. (to tally People’s Choice winners)

Participants will compete for trophies and cash awards in several categories:

  • Judges’ Choice Chili: A panel of 5-7 judges will evaluate each chili based on several criteria, with trophies and cash prizes awarded to the top three.
  • People’s Choice Chili: Tasters will donate 25 cents per sample, with the top three earners receiving trophies.
  • Best Booth: Teams are encouraged to decorate their booths according to a theme, with awards for 1st and 2nd place.
  • Top Fundraiser Award: Teams can collect extra donations before the event, with the highest fundraiser winning a trophy.

How to Participate

To enter your chili in the cook-off or to become a sponsor, please complete the online form or contact us at or call 717.567.7323. We welcome and encourage new teams to join the fun and support a worthy cause.

The Future of the Chili Cook-Off

Please note: This year will be Perry County Literacy Council’s LAST YEAR participating in the Chili Cook-Off at the Perry County Fair, but it doesn’t have to mean the end of the event. If you know of another nonprofit that could benefit from this fantastic opportunity, please have them contact Martha Ebersole at 717-580-6753. If you would still like to remain a part of the chili cook-off, let Martha know so that the new nonprofit can contact you.

About PCLC

Serving nearly 1,300 Perry County residents each year, the Perry County Literacy Council (PCLC) has been moving people from dependency to self-sufficiency for over 30 years. PCLC provides a one-stop site in Newport where Adult Education and CareerLink® partners are accessible at a single point of contact. Motivated youth and adults enter with few resources. They exit with the skills and credentials that they need to become self-sufficient workers, family members, consumers, and citizens.

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