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Start cooking for chili challenge

Applications are being accepted for the 11th annual Taylor County Chili Challenge, which will be held in conjunction with the Florida State Bluegrass Festival Saturday, April 6.

More than $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in the contest including first place prizes for the “Best Chili Golden Spoon Award,” “Most Unique &

Interesting Chili” and “People’s Choice.” Second and third place winners will also be recognized. The entry fee is $20 per chili. Each contestant must cook and provide a minimum of two gallons of chili for judging and serving.

Check-in is at 11 a.m., at Forest Capital State Park. Judging and serving begin at noon.

Festival-goers will be able to purchase “bottomless bowls” to sample the chili entries for $5 each.