On the first Sunday of June (June 2, 2019), 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 the Firefighter's Breakfast, sponsored by Behind the Scenes of the Rough and Ready Volunteer 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! The Original Saga of Rough and Ready melodrama, Blacksmith demonstrations in the historic Fippin Blacksmith Shop, a variety of vendors and crafters, music, additional food options from the local Community Hall and Firefighter's Association, raffles, souvenir sales, water slide and bounce house for the kids...it's fun for the whole family!
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