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This fall, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino will host the World's Championship Chili Cookoff. The event, sanctioned by the International Chili Society, is the culmination of cookoffs around the nation, crowning a new world's champion in each category and featuring exciting entertainment. The cookoff will be held Oct. 16-18 and full details will be available at www.grandsierraresort.com.

"We are very happy to host the World's Championship Chili Cookoff, which is a premier event gathering the top chefs and cooks in chili-making from around the globe to showcase their best recipes," said Tracy Mimno, general manager of GSR. "Our property serves as the perfect venue for this exciting championship and we look forward to seeing locals and visitors alike join us in not only welcoming this great event back to northern Nevada but reveling in all the event has to offer."

The World's Championship Chili Cookoff will include a variety of competitions for participants including Best Booth Decoration and Showmanship, Best Homestyle Chili, Best Chili Verde, Best Salsa, Best Traditional Red Chili and the People's Choice Chili. And, event goers can get in on the fun, too. In addition to sampling some of the world's greatest chili, contests include the Miss Chili Pepper Contest, Mr. Hot Sauce contest and the Shoot n' Holler contest.

Founded in 1967, the International Chili Society is an organization that sanctions chili cookoffs with judging and cooking rules and regulations. Local winners of society-sanctioned cookoffs qualify to compete for cash prizes and awards throughout the year. Top-level winners compete for a chance to participate at the World's Championship Chili Cookoff held each year in October for a total prize package of $55,000.

For more information on the cookoff, visit www.grandsierraresort.com or check out Facebook and Twitter.

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