SD State Fair to host Chili Challenge and Pork Butt Battle

Farm Forum

HURON, S.D. – The South Dakota State Fair is seeking entries for the Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge and the Pork Butt Battle sponsored by Advanced Bio Energy and SD Pork Producers.

The Jack’s Campers Chili Challenge takes place Friday, Sept. 2, at Horticulture Park. Cooking begins at 8 a.m. with the People’s Choice Tasting and judging beginning at 1 p.m. The first place team will receive $225, with $150 going to 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place. People’s Choice winner will receive $50. Participants come from all over to compete for the title of best chili.

The Pork Butt Battle, sponsored by South Dakota Pork Producers and Advanced BioEnergy, will also take place Friday, Sept. 2. Cooking begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. Competitors will cook through the night and the following morning to be prepared for People’s Choice Tasting and judging at 3 p.m. on Friday. Top prize is $500, with $225 for 2nd place and $125 for 3rd place. People’s Choice Winner will receive $100. All winners will receive a trophy.

Rules and entry forms for both cook offs can be found on the SD State Fair website,, under the Special Events section.