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Feel the heat at “Chili on the Comstock”


Photo courtesy of Jeramie Lu Photography

Virginia City Nevada’s “Chili on the Comstock” is no mild affair. The cook-off, now in its 31st year, returns to the historic town Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Taking place along C Street, the historic town’s main drive, the event promises plenty of heat, the return of the Fireball Crawl and family-friendly activities.

The two-day event hosts around 30 of the best chili cookers in the west competing for a spot in the International Chili Society (ICS) World Finals later this year. Competitors start from scratch on Saturday morning and a winner is picked each day. A people’s choice award is up to the tasters with winners receiving cash and “Virginia City-style” prizes.

Tasting kits are on sale now. New this year is the “VIP Tester,” where for $50 guests receive an elite experience with catered chili including all the toppings, free drinks and shaded seats in an exclusive area just for VIPs. Regular tasting packages start at $5 for the “Cautious Tester.” Those that are more brave can purchase the “Daring Tester” for $10 then add even more heat with the Fireball Crawl for an additional $10, which includes a free shot of Fireball Whiskey to kick off the festivities. The “Family Fun Zone” returns to the Delta Saloon parking lot with bounce houses, a bungee trampoline, face painting and more. Purchase tickets online at VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.

For more information on Virginia City, Nevada, and the 31st annual Chili on the Comstock, visit VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.

A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the Unites States – Virginia City, Nev. Come experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800’s. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.