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San Manuel Chili Cook-Off


Welcome Chili Lovers!

The 2nd annual San Manuel Chili Cook-Off will be held April 22, 2023 from 10am to 5pm. In the planning are live bands, food trucks, vendors, games, raffles and chili tasting. Free gate admission & parking. Tickets will be sold for chili taste-testing and voting. Chili cook-off t-shirts will also be for sale. Held at San Manuel Airport, 86181 E Avenida de Aviacion, San Manuel, Arizona about an hour drive NE of Tucson.

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The Schedule

Previous Event . . .

10am – The festivities begin with games, raffles and a variety of vendors that include jewelry, arts, crafts, soaps, t-shirts as well as businesses to name a few. Also, food trucks with BBQ, Mexican cuisine and sweets too. A schedule of live bands and a DJ follows. Free gate admission & parking.

10:30am to 11:30am –  Local opener band ‘JT and the Outlaw Band’ will play. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Noon to 3pm – Members of the popular ‘South Western Stars’ from Tucson will play country, bluegrass, folk, blues and rock with Mamma Coal on lead vocals. This is our featured band. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Noon to 3pm  – Chili tasting. Coupons will be sold for $10 per person for chili taste-testing and to vote for a ‘peoples choice’.

1pm – Pie eating contest.

3pm to 6pm – DJ Music.

5pm – Chili Cook-Off winners are announced. There will be four trophy awards–one winner in each chili category and one overall peoples choice.

6pm – The fair ends.

Schedule is subject to possible changes

2022 Entertainment

Noon-3pm – South Western Stars

The featured band from Tucson with Mamma Coal on lead vocals.

10:30am-11:30am – JT and the Outlaw Band

3pm-6pm – DJ Music