On the first Sunday of June (June 4, 2023), for the first time in three years, Rough and Ready will gather to celebrate Secession Days with a special Chili Cook-off...a fundraising event for local organizations. Previously, the competition was held on the last Sunday in June, but the date was changed for 2019 and beyond.
The day begins with a FREE Firefighter's Breakfast in the Fire House, sponsored by the Rough and Ready Grange. Donations, gratefully accepted will be split between the Grange and the Fire Dept. Meanwhile, Chili Chefs from around the area begin cooking their special concoctions. Formerly a sanctioned event, the town decided in 2004 to "secede" from the International Chili Society and do it Rough and Ready Style, with Rough and Ready Rules! Guests can purchase $5 Tasting Kits at 11am and begin tasting at noon, voting for their favorite chili along with the judges.
But wait...there's more! Music featuring Brandon Dannals as well as The PK and Pray Band, Blacksmith demonstrations in the historic Fippin Blacksmith Shop, a variety of vendors and crafters, additional food options from the local Grange, beer from Bullmastiff Brewery, Ice Cream treats from Coco's Lazy Dog, raffles, souvenir sales, and more...it's fun for the whole family! And all proceeds benefit the Fire Dept, the Grange and the Chamber.
Want to join us as a Chili Chef? As a Vendor? Or just as a fun-loving Visitor? Click on the links!
PHOTOS ABOVE: Scenes from past Secession Day Chili Cook-offs
Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce l P.O. Box 801 l Rough and Ready, California 95975
The Great Republic of Rough and Ready
Secession Days Chili Cook-off