Annual BCSO Chili Cook-Off

Since 2008, teams from the Benton County Sheriff's Office along with teams from other public safety and community organizations, have been competing for the honor of "Benton's Best Rootin' Tootin' Shoot'em Up Chili!" They are judged for their chili, but also compete for Best Booth and Team Fundraising awards.

The BCSO Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for the first Sunday after Labor Day and raises money for local charities. It is an event that's fun for the whole family. Activities include live music, raffle prizes, the REACH Air-Medical Services helicopter (when it's not in service), demonstrations by public safety professionals, activities for the kids, and...of course...chili tasting!

2016 BCSO Chili Cook-Off Winners Are...

The 2016 results are in! Taking the top prize -- and bringing it back to Benton County! - was the Benton County Sheriff's Office own Parole & Probation Team. They will proudly display the trophy for Benton's Best Rootin' Tootin' Shoot 'em Up Chili!

Other top prize winners included:

  • Cornerstone Associate - Best Meat with Beans
  • Benton County Sheriff's Office, Parole & Probation - Best Meat
  • Old Mill Center & Elmer's Restaurant - Best Veggie
  • Blue Sun, Inc. - Hottest
  • Philomath Police Department - People's Choice Award
  • Benton County Sheriff's Office, Management Team - Best Booth
  • Philomath Police Department - Team Fundraiser

For a complete list of winners, check the "Supporting Documents" below.


Thanks to our celebrity judges..

Randy Camp, CoEnergy Propane
Jay Dixon, Benton County Commissioner
Christine Hackenbrook, Corvallis Fall Festival
Pat Hare, Adair Village City Administrator
Annabelle Jaramillo, Benton County Commissioner
Larry Mullins, CEO, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Jan Roberts-Dominguez, Professional Chef and Columnist
Anne Schuster, Benton County Commissioner
Clay Simmons, OSU Chief Compliance Officer
Biff Traber, Mayor, City of Corvallis


Thank you to all our partners - sponsors, underwriters, and the army of volunteers who made this event a success. Read more...

Funds Raised

Funds raised by the event include those received from our wonderful sponsors, ticket sales at the door, raffle prize sales, concessions, and those raised by the Teams. Monies raised from this year's event will go to support the Benton County 4H Programs and the Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse.

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