On the first Sunday of June (June 2, 2024) 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 at 8:30 with a FREE Firefighter's Breakfast in the Fire House (Donations greatly appreciated!). 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.

Music will be provided by Brandon Dannals and The Rough and Ready and The PK and Pray Band. Refreshments from Rough and Ready Grange #795, BullMastiff Brewing and Coco's Lazy Dog Ice Cream. Gold Panning and Bounce House will keep the kids entertained...and Hal Davis will fire up the forge in the old Fippin Blacksmith Shop. Shop for souvenirs and a variety of handmade crafts, jewelry, produce and other merchandise. Fun for the whole family!

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

Click Here for 2024 Winners

The Great Republic of Rough and Ready

Secession Days Chili Cook-off


Contact Us

Our Past

Our Present

Click here for 2024 Poster PDF

Click here for 2024 Poster JPEG

Click here for 2024 4UP Flyer PDF