CHECK-IN & MOVE-IN
Each QUALIFIED contestant will choose their own cooking space, which will remain their space
for the entire weekend.
Move-in will begin at 6am on Friday and Saturday mornings. We suggest you arrive on Friday if you are particular
about your cooking location.
Whether you choose to move-in Friday or Saturday, you must be completely set-up and ready to
cook competitively and/or serve PC chili based on the cooking schedule.
FRIDAY CHECK-IN INSTRUCTIONS
LAST CHANCE COOKS WHO ARE NOT QUALIFIED IN RED, HOMESTYLE OR VERDE
You must check-in at the Judging Area in order to receive your cooking space. Once at your cooking space, do not remove the blue claim number. A qualified cook has the opportunity to claim the cooking space you are in, although they cannot move into it until after LC competitions are over. If you qualify for the WCCC once LC winners are announced, you will then have the opportunity to choose your booth space following the “Claiming Your Space” instructions below.
LAST CHANCE COOKS ALSO WCCC QUALIFIED IN RED, HOMESTYLE OR VERDE
Follow the “Claiming Your Space” instructions below before checking in at the Judging Area. You may choose an available space with a white or blue claim number. Remember, the space you claim for LC will remain your cooking space all weekend for any other competitions.
SALSA-ONLY COOKS - COOKING SPACE NEEDED
You must not be qualified in any other category and must check-in at the Judging Area in order to receive your cooking space. Once at your cooking space do not remove the blue claim number. A qualified cook has the opportunity to claim the cooking space you are in, although they cannot move into it until after salsa/LC competitions are over.
SALSA-ONLY COOKS – NO COOKING SPACE NEEDED
You must not be qualified in any other category and must check-in at the Judging Area upon arrival.
WCCC QUALIFIED COOKS IN RED, HOMESTYLE OR VERDE
Follow the “Claiming Your Space” instructions below before checking in at the Judging Area.
If a youth cook wants his/her own cooking space, follow the “Claiming Your Space” instructions below before checking in at the Judging Area. If the youth cook will be sharing a cooking space with a WCCC qualified parent/guardian, please proceed to the Judging Area to check-in and receive further instructions. Cooking PC chili is not required for Youth cooks, but absolutely acceptable and encouraged!
SATURDAY/SUNDAY CHECK-IN INSTRUCTIONS
Each contestant must check-in on Saturday and on Sunday at the Judging Area, regardless of if you are cooking competitively or just cooking PC.
If you did not move into a cooking space on Friday, follow the “Claiming Your Space” instructions below.
If you need assistance moving into your cooking space, please let us know when you check-in. We will have golf carts to assist those who need help moving supplies from their vehicle to their cooking space.
*Priority move-in assistance on FRIDAY will be given to contestants preparing Salsa on-site and all Last Chance contestants. If neither of those apply to you, please be patient as you wait for move-in assistance. We invite you to hang out in the Cooks’ Area for coffee, donuts and mingling with your fellow Chiliheads! Remember, you will have already claimed your space so there is no rush to move-in!
NO MOVE-IN ASSITANCE NEEDED AND NOT COOKING ON FRIDAY? As long as your claim number is white, you may begin to move your supplies to your cooking space before you check-in. If you chose a blue claim number, you must wait until after salsa/LC competitions are over to move in. You must check-in before you leave the site or you risk your belongings being moved to another space!
CLAIMING YOUR COOKING SPACE
Not applicable to Salsa-only or Last Chance-only contestants- follow “Friday Check-In” instructions above.
**If you choose a space with a BLUE numbered paper, that booth will be used for Last Chance contestants. You may not move into that space until after all LC competitions are complete and LC Winners have been announced.
CLAIMING SPACE FOR ANOTHER CONTESTANT
Assuming you have their permission, you may claim the opposite cooking space within the same 10x10 booth as your own cooking space for another contestant. Under no circumstances may you claim a cooking space outside of your 10x10 booth.
DID YOUR BOOTH PARTNER CLAIM YOUR COOKING SPACE? You must check-in immediately upon arrival to confirm your space.
At check-in you must sign the immediate release of your exact and precise chili recipe to ICS, IF you become World Champion of any WCCC category(s).
Only vehicles with a handicap placard or license plate may park in the handicap area.
Parking attendants will begin charging $5 per vehicle for parking starting at 11am Saturday and Sunday. Anyone not parked before 11am each day will be charged $5.
COOK VIP AREA
At check-in, each qualified cook will receive a VIP Cook badge. This badge must be worn to enter the Cook’s Area, which will have complimentary food and beer. Complimentary is beer is limited to six per legal-aged contestant. You will receive these tickets at check-in. Lost beer tickets will not be replaced.
Guest passes will be distributed at check-in. It is your responsibility to give them to the appropriate people. Each guest pass will gain the holder free entry and free parking. There will be no replacements for misplaced passes. Guests do not have access to the VIP Cook area and do not receive complimentary beer.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE CHILI
Each contestant is required to show and serve four gallons of PC chili on Saturday and on Sunday. Anyone in violation of this rule will be disqualified from all WCCC events.
If you purchased PC chili from ICS, you will pick it up as you check-in on Saturday and Sunday.
You must keep your back-up PC cold when not being heated/served. This is standard food safety.
PASSING OUT PC CHILI
ICS will provide each PC contestant with 2oz tasting cups, spoons and napkins. Chili sampling is unlimited for anyone wearing a red wristband on Saturday, a blue wristband on Sunday AND any red or blue VIP badge.
At check-in on Saturday, each contestant will receive a PC ticket collection box. There will be tape sealing the box shut – if the tape is tampered with, all votes in the box will be disqualified.
JUDGING – BEER POLICY
If you are asked to judge any category, please be advised that beer is not allowed in the Judging Area. If you feel that you cannot judge without beer, we will replace you with a different judge. Beer may be consumed outside of the Judging Area.
PROPANE, WATER & ICE
All will be available for purchase on site.
Propane = $4 per 16oz can
Ice = $3 per 20lb bag
Water = $TBD per 1-gallon jug
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS WHILE YOU ARE IN TOWN!
BUSH’S® Chili Beans
(Keep your receipt! If your recipe wins using a product bought at Schnucks, you will win a special prize!)
Better than Bouillon® Food Bases
Louisiana Hot Sauce®
MONDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST
ICS will host a pancake breakfast at the event site on Monday morning from 8-9am. You will hear about enhancements for next season directly from Scott Toland. This is also your chance to ask the ICS team any questions you may have.