It’s time for the 27th annual State Bank Financial Chili Cook Off!

2018 Chili Cook Off to benefit DARE and the La Crosse Public Education Foundation

When:  Saturday, October 13, 2018

            11:30 – 1:30PM Chili Tasting

            1:30 – 2:30PM Chili Pepper Easting Contest & Awards

Where: Riverside Park, Downtown La Crosse

Admission: $8.00.  Kids under 12 are FREE!


Silent Auction, Bake Sale and after the Cook Off enjoy the fun of Historic Downtown Day for live music, entertainment acts and much more.  Learn more about Historic Downtown Day.

Chili Cook-Off History

In 1991 a group of State Bank Financial Associates decided to come together to help raise funds for a little-known program called D.A.R.E.  It was an idea that the area Police Departments were “trying” and they needed support – both financial and publicly.  The idea was based on getting to young kids early and often to offer a message that would mentor decision making, behavior choices and a commitment to stay away from alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

To date, the La Crosse and surrounding D.A.R.E program has brought the message to over 14,000 kids and counting.  The State Bank Financial Chili Cook Off has eclipsed the $265,000 mark and our hope is to make the 27th Anniversary the biggest to date.

We need you…AND YOUR Chili.  Join the fun and be a Chili Cook.

Without you there is no Chili Cook Off.  Please consider being a Chili cook or cook team.  It’s a great way to get a group of friends togethers, co-workers, church groups, or education clubs.  You could win bragging rights and know your Chili is the best in the Coulee Region.  We have room for 25 teams and hope you will join in the fun.  Most importantly your chili makes all the difference in the world for local kids.

Click here to get the 2018 Chili Brochure.

Donations, questions or media inquiries please email:

Proceeds benefit DARE in La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen and La Crosse County as well as the La Crosse Public School Education Fund.

Learn more about these organizations by visiting their websites.



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