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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feel the Heat at Virginia City's Chili on the Comstock

Virginia City, Nevada's 31st annual Chili on the Comstock is no mild affair. The cook-off returns to the historic town Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, from 10am to 5pm. Taking place along C Street, the historic town's main drive, the event promises plenty of heat, the return of the Fireball Crawl and family-friendly activities.

The two-day event hosts around 30 of the best chili cookers in the west competing for a spot in the International Chili Society (ICS) World Finals later this year. Competitors start from scratch on Saturday morning and a winner is picked each day. A people's choice award is up to the tasters with winners receiving cash and “Virginia City-style” prizes.

Tasting kits are on sale now. New this year is the "VIP Tester," where for $50 guests receive an elite experience with catered chili including all the toppings, free drinks and shaded seats in an exclusive area just for VIPs. 

Regular tasting packages start at $5 for the "Cautious Tester." Those that are more brave can purchase the "Daring Tester" for $10 then add even more heat with the Fireball Crawl for an additional $10, which includes a free shot of Fireball Whiskey to kick off the festivities.

The “Family Fun Zone” returns to the Delta Saloon parking lot with bounce houses, a bungee trampoline, face painting and more. Purchase tickets online at VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.

For more information on Virginia City, Nev. and the 31st annual Chili on the Comstock, visit VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.

A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the Unites States – Virginia City, Nev. Experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800's. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.

For more information about top events in Nevada take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Nevada.