Conkling Hall seeks chili connoisseurs and cooks

RENSSELAERVILLE — ’Tis the season for a ride into the country to view the changing leaves. What would make the excursion perfect is a stop for some prize-winning chili in a charming mountain village decked out in fall colors.

You will find just that on Oct. 12, from noon to 3 p.m., when Conkling Hall in picturesque Rensselaerville is presenting its traditional Chili Cook-Off. Four hearty samples cost $12.

You can double the fun if you make a mean chili to put into the Cook-Off competition.  The historic hall is calling all serious chili makers to enter their favorite recipe and compete for cash prizes.

There are four categories for entries: Traditional Hot, Traditional Mild, Anything Goes!, and Local (made with at least three local ingredients).  Each entrant must arrive at 11 a.m. with six quarts of chili in a crockpot.  The entry fee is $15 per batch.

Complete information and a mail-in registration form are online at; online registration and information; or call 797-3902 or 797-3114.

The Conkling Hall Chili Cook-Off is a major fund-raising event for this 167-year old historic site in Rensselaerville. The hall, located just off Main Street, provides space for frequent community events: movies, plays, concerts, dances, children’s and senior activities, exercise classes, dinners, and meetings.

Editor’s note: Mary Ann Ronconi is a volunteer doing publicity for the event.

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