Charity Chili Cook Off Returns Sept. 25

The fourth Wilderness Trail Charity Chili Cook Off returns Sept. 25 and we have a great lineup of cooks. Some of our contenders are returning after capturing top honors in previous years and we have a few newcomers. We’re looking forward to seeing who our judges select for first, second and third prizes this year. Of course, everyone sampling the chili can vote for their favorite. 

Tasting tickets are $10 and available by calling the distillery at 859-402-8707 or contacting a Kiwanis member. Tickets also will be sold at the door. Tasting is 11:30 to 2 p.m. and the winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

What goes great with chili? Of course, as a Bourbon distillery, we think our Bourbon does, but in this case, we’re excited to note that Country Boy Brewery will be here.

We think a little music is in order, too. Pat Heist, co-owner of Wilderness Trail Distillery, is vocalist in Zella May and they will perform 2 to 4 p.m. Minus 3 will open up for Zella May 1 to 2 p.m.

So bring a lawn chair or grab a seat on a hay bale and settle in for the afternoon. 

You say you don’t like chili or your children don’t like chili? The Danville High School and Bate Middle School girls basketball teams will be selling hotdogs.

Other fun activities include horse and wagon rides for $3 a person, and guess the weight of the giant pumpkin for $1 to win a prize. This is a family-friendly event so we encourage you to bring the kids.

Proceeds from the event support the Danville Kiwanis Local Youth and Senior Citizens programs. Thanks to our awesome sponsors, cooks and tasters, the event raised $7,100 in 2019.

The Kiwanis receive the names of the children they help at the holidays from Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wilderness Trace Child Development Center and Sunrise Children’s Home. No other agency helps these children in this capacity. The winter warmth supplied from your generosity supports a program that began more than 90 years ago. Twenty years ago, the Boyle County Senior Citizens Center became recipients of the holiday project and other programs, too.

Of course, this event wouldn’t be possible without the great support of community sponsors.

Our sponsors are:


  • Truist
  • WPBK and WKYB


  • Heidelberg
  • Kentucky Cooperage
  • PNC Bank
  • Sellers Manufacturing
  • The Advocate-Messenger


  • Bluegrass I.T. Services
  • Buzick Construction
  • Community Trust Bank
  • Corning, Inc.
  • Farmers National Bank
  • Stuart Powell Ford Mazda


  • Boyle County Neighbors
  • Bruce Devine Roofing
  • Caverndale Farms
  • Devine Landscaping
  • InterCounty Energy Cooperate
  • Keystone Industrial
  • McBrayer Legacy Spirits
  • Walnut Springs Farm

Click on the links below to download forms.

General information

Rules for entries

Cooks entry form


Date: Sep 25, 2021 — Sep 25, 2021

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