There are several categories that you can compete in at the Owasso Chili Festival. There are competition classes that can take you to the World ICS Chili Championship or there are categories that will give you local bragging rights. You can choose what is best for you.
ICS Red Chili - Traditional Red Chili is defined by the ICS as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.
ICS Chili Verde - Chili Verde is defined by the ICS as any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of BEANS and PASTA which are strictly forbidden.
ICS Salsa - Salsa must be homemade by the contestant whose name and ICS # appear on the Contestant Application. It may be brought to the site that day or it may be prepared at the Cookoff. (There was a change to the rules for this year, see here for the rules).
People's Choice Chili - This category is judged by the general public and is not included in the ICS judging. People’s Choice chili must contain beans, and is usually made prior to the event. The chili with the most votes of the people becomes the winner (so if you have the most chili to serve and the most friends at the cook-off, you might just get the most votes!)
Youth People's Choice Chili - This event features various youth groups competing to see who makes the best chili in the state. A youth team consists of an advisor of the organization and as many youth as are available to the organization. The chili, just like regular people's choice chili, must have beans or filler and can be prepared prior to event under the supervision of an advisor for the organization. The advisor will present an affidavit the day of the event indicating team members fixing the chili and day chili was prepared. Youth teams are be judged separately from regular people's choice chili.
"Pick 3" People's Choice BBQ - This is a new addition to this year’s cook-off. The "Pick 3" is named for the cook's choice of three of six categories. Choose three of these categories to cook: Brisket (Sliced or Pulled), Bologna, Pork (Sliced or Pulled), Beans (BBQ, Baked or Pinto), Sausage (Tube or Hot Link), Hot Wings (BBQ , Buffalo, Any Style) The total prize purse for 2012 is $850! This category is judged by the general public like the chili. The BBQ with the most votes from the people is the winner. See the complete rules here.
Showmanship - Each chili team, whether cooking competition or people’s choice chili is encouraged to decorate their booth. Selection of your team’s name can assist in the decorations. Some examples: Big Bad Mama’s had a theme of the old west, team members dressed in western costumes, including saloon girls; Great American Chili Company, is red, white and blue; Dynamite Chili Company is explosive; Nun Better dresses in full nun’s habits. The point is to have fun, be a little crazy, sing some songs, (a tip, chili cooks are known to stretch the truth, many will tell people what their secret ingredients are but we don’t think they really use road kill, or rattle snake, or gun powder).