Robert "Yeller Dog" Marsh - One of the original chili celebrities - first Great Pepper of the San Antonio Pod - responsible for chili being proclaimed the official dish of Texas over 30 years ago - Hoot n Holler Chilii, Yeller Dog's Chili Parlor and the Chili Cast on KBUC radio Terlingua International Chili Championship
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Each year on the first Saturday of November CASI holds the ultimate celebration of Chili. This grandaddy of all chili cookoffs is held at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua, Texas. Rancho CASI is located on the North side of Highway 170, eleven miles West of Study Butte and 7 miles East of Lajitas.

The four day celebration begins each year on Wednesday before the big weekend, and culminates on Saturday with the Terlingua International Chili Championship©. It's a Texas tradition of epic proportion - complete with an annual proclamation from the Governor declaring "Chili Appreciation Society International Day" in Texas!

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the celebration, the unique vendors, the rugged terrain surrounding the ranch, and ...of course ...the Chili! The grounds officially open on the Wednesday before the first Saturday in November, and the gate admission, per person, for the entire event is $30.00. The gate admission for the first Saturday in November only, is $10.00 per person. The first Saturday in November is the actual day of the TICC International Chili Championship Cookoff. The nightly stage entertainment starts on Thursday night and continues through Saturday night.

In order to compete in the championship you must have qualified and received an invitation. This requires cooks to earn points by placing in CASI sanctioned Chili Cookoffs. A cook earns 4 points for first place, 3 points for second, 2 points for third, and a point for fourth through tenth place. The total number of points required for qualification ranges from 6 points to 12 points and depends on the cook's state of residence. More details about competing may be obtained from a CASI director or from any of the Pod Great Peppers.

CASI's 2013 Terlingua International Chili Championship Winners

Top Ten Chili Winners
1 Brian Spencer, Champaign IL
2 Don Causey, Seguin TX
3 Cynthia Whittenburg, Baytown, TX
4 Grace Walton, Robinson TX
5 Robinson Short, Burleson TX
6 Sue Caffey, Rockdale TX
7 Toni Bowman, RoulettTX
8 Jesse Waguspack, Austin TX
9 Bob Pullian, Burleson TX
10 Amanda Stone, Kempner TX

Cooks who made the Final Table But did not end up finishing in the Top Ten.
11 John Daly, Palmyra VA
12 Bob Coats, Irving TX
13 Preston Nickle, North Little Rock AR
14 Harvey West, Telephone TX
15 Mike Tracy, Odessa TX
16 Crystal Fennell, Irving TX
17 Jerry Hunt, Shreveport LA
18 Sandy Thomas, Seguin TX
19 Stewart Frye, Pensacola FL
20 Cindy Noe, Wichita Falls TX
21 Charles Breeden, Alvarado TX
22 Bruce Stewart, Hurst TX
23 Carrie Kinnison, Marble Falls TX
24 Emily Brandel, Cedar Park TX

Showmanship - Division I (Large Show Teams)
Pirates of the Medina, San Antonio TX

Showmanship - Division II (Small Show Teams)
Who's Your Monkey, Arp TX

Showmanship - Division III (One Person Show Teams)
Pandora's Fire, El Paso TX

Cooks & Showteams Qualified for CASI's 2014 Terlingua International Chili Championship

Chili Cooks Qualified
001 Brian Spencer, Champaign IL
002 Don Causey, Seguin TX
003 Cynthia Whittenburg, Baytown, TX
004 Grace Walton, Robinson TX
005 Robinson Short, Burleson TX
006 Sue Caffey, Rockdale TX
007 Toni Bowman, RoulettTX
008 Jesse Waguspack, Austin TX
009 Bob Pullian, Burleson TX
010 Amanda Stone, Kempner TX
011 Tricia Tenery Byrom, Kerrville TX
012 Jennifer Sherfield, Hobbs NM
013 Jimmy Rather, Hobbs NM
014 Rick Thomas, Alto NM
015 Reggie Graves, Shreveport LA
016 Stuart Frye, PENSACOLA FL
017 Candi Knight-Arevalo, Wellington FL
018 Frank Arevalo, Wellington FL
019 Cherry Baker, Shreveport LA
020 Harvey L. Haynes, Spring Branch TX
021 Susan Dean, Johnson City TX
022 Gina D'Arcangelo, Discovery Bay CA
023 John DeNigris, Lodi CA
024 Mark Brown, San Jose CA
025 Jerry R. Hunt, Shreveport LA
026 Janet Nash, Shreveport LA
027 Kevin Stovall, Lees Summit MO
028 Morris Moss, Garland TX
029 Sabrina Klietz, Seguin TX
030 Melissa Pate, Houston TX
031 Janet Keirsey, Tulsa OK
032 Debra Sullivan, Oklahoma City OK
033 Ruthann Cosgrove, Guthrie OK
034 Donnie Going, Pryor OK
035 Mike Mayenschein, Owasso OK
036 Josh Seabolt, Collinsville OK
037 Micah Jenkins, Gilmer TX

Show Teams Qualified
001 Pirates of the Medina, San Antonio TX - Steinle, Bob
002 Who's Your Monkey, Arp TX - Griffin, V. Renee
003 Pandora's Fire, El Paso TX - DuMond, Eve
004 Chili of Mass Consumption, Ruidoso Downs NM - Beaver, Charles D. "Charlie"
005 Lagniappe 2, Shreveport LA - Nash, Janet
006 Mad Hatters, The, Tyler TX - Hewlett, Gil
007 Rajun Cajun, Sarasota FL - Spicer, Stephen
008 Miss Kitty's Fire Gal Chi, Brooksville FL - Dolan, Kitty
009 Louisiana Liquor, Shreveport LA - Nash, Keith
010 Fall From Grace Chili, San Marcos TX - Talavera, Kelly
011 Champagne Chili, Pearland TX - Johnson, Stan
012 Pirate Chili, Houston TX - Garrett, Lewis
013 Wicked Weasel Chili, Stockton CA - Singletary, Joe
014 Chili Ole, Paint Rock TX - Herrin, Barbara
015 Dr. Dave's VooDoo Stew, Hallsville TX - Trice, David (Dave)
016 Chuck Wagon, Orange Park FL - Stock, Chuck
017 Chilisaurus, Morgan TX - Joplin, Mick
018 Pit Talkers, Seguin TX - Maricle, Beverly
019 Cloverleaf #1, San Antonio TX - Cielencki, Janet
020 Dumb Blonde Chili, Kansas City MO - Dowdy, Jerri
021 Mossman, Garland TX - Moss, Morris
022 Bottom of the Barrel Gang, Elgin TX - Knight, Carol
023 Hard Hat Chili, GRAND PRAIRIE TX - Baxter, Darrell
024 House of Horrors Chili, Marietta GA - Nelson, Kristie
025 That's Not Right Chili, Austin TX - Park, Michael (Mike)
026 Spine Tingling Chili, Marble Falls TX - Kinnison, Carrie
027 Red Alert, Sand Springs OK - Ramseur, Alice
028 Time Bomb, Pawhuska OK - Haddon, Randy