2021 Chili Cookoff

Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off October 29th

ENID, OK - The Annual United Way Chili Cook-Off, presented by Security National Bank will be held at the Stride Bank Event Center Arena on Friday, October 29th, 11am -1pm, with the theme of “Roller Coasters, Rides and Chili.” 

“The Stride Event Center Arena is a perfect location for this event. It allows for ample parking, adequate space for all our vendors, and plenty of seating for our United Way friends,“ said Dan Schiedel, Executive Director of United Way of Northwest Oklahoma.  “We are hoping for a full slate of chefs and amazingly decorated booths, a wide array of door prizes and tasty chili from a variety of exceptional cooks,” added Schiedel.

Tickets to attend the event are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, which includes a drink, chili, and dessert, and may be purchased in advance from the United Way office or the day of the event at the door. The Chili Cook-Off committee anticipates chili entries to compete in three categories: Judge's Chili Choice, Best Booth Decorated and Top Dollar Chili! Tasting begins at 11am.

The theme, “Roller Coasters, Rides and Chili” is a new creation by the committee, Cindy Bailey, Committee Chair said.  The committee is expecting to see contestants decked out in classic and new character costumes with booths decorated in Carnival themes. “Our chili competitors are extremely imaginative and I’m sure will amaze us with their creativity—which lends for a fun filled event,” Bailey said.

All funds raised benefit the fifteen partner agencies of United Way, along with discretionary giving designations. 

Schiedel stated, “The United Way Board of Directors, along with the Campaign Team - led by Dr. Barry & Roxanne Pollard - is also excited about the 2021-2022 campaign. The Chili Cook-Off is the last fundraising event in the year for our agencies and the campaign. 2019’s event raised nearly $20,000.  We anticipate this year will be another great success.

The fifteen United Way partner agencies are: Booker T. Washington Center, Cimarron Council Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross serving NW Oklahoma, Community Development Support Association, Catholic Charities, Denny Price Family YMCA, Garfield County Child Advocacy Council, Hedges Speech and Hearing, Human Services Alliance of Greater Enid, Loaves and Fishes of NW Oklahoma, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, RSVP, The Salvation Army, YWCA of Enid, and Youth and Family Services.  

Get your tickets by stopping by the United Way office at 401 W. Broadway, Suite 223 in Great Plains Bank or by calling 580-237-0821 or email Kim Pendergraft @ kim@unitedwayenid.org .