COOKOFF DETAIL RULES

Official Rules TU Chili Cook-Off Teams and Guests

ON LINE REGISTRATION STARTS Monday, September 9TH

 

1. THE TEAM LEADER or ALTERNATE TEAM LEADER SHALL BE THE ONLY CONTACTS FOR THE TEAM, AND SHALL BE PRESENT FOR THE SITE ASIGNMENT. ALTERNATE TEAM LEADER MUST BE DESIGNATED AT CHECK IN. AT CHECK IN THEY WILL RECEIVE CRITICAL INFORMATION, TEAM MEMBER ARM BANDS AND ITEMS FROM TROUT UNLIMITED.

TEAM LEADER OR ALTERNATE MUST BE PRESENT AT COOK SMEETING AT 8am SATURDAY.

 

2. ONLY COOKS, COOK TEAM MEMBERS / PAID GUESTS, SPONSORS AND THEIR GUESTS, and TU Volunteers with armbands will be allowed in the Park after 8:00PM on Friday night until the gates open to the general public on Saturday

 ALL attendees on Friday evening MUST WEAR EVENT ARM BANDS. NO EXCEPTIONS

 

3.Teams are limited to a maximum of 2 cooksites. Each cooksite costs $50 and entitles ONE recipe to be entered.  Teams may enter additional recipes for an additional $50 each..

 Each team is allowed up to four members for EACH RECIPE ENTERED. Additional team members/guests armbands may be purchased for $10.00 per person, when purchased at the TU Cabin or Registration Tent on Friday.

OR:

PRE-EVENT PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL ARMBANDS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE TIME OF ON-LINE REGISTRATION FOR $11 EACH THROUGH OCT. 8th AT NOON. THAT WILL ALLOW THE TEAM LEADER TO DISTRIBUTE ARMBANDS PRIOR TO FRIDAY EVENING OF THE EVENT.

ALL ARM BANDS INCLUDE FREE PARKING. Only the team leader or alternate may purchase armbands for extra guests. TU WILL FURNISH ARM BANDS TO EACH TEAM LEADER.  Team leaders are responsible for insuring all team member/guests have an arm band furnished by Trout Unlimited AND IS WEARING IT.

  Arm bands MUST be worn at all times by all persons in the park after 8:00PM Friday. NO EXCEPTIONS. Armbands must be worn and (intact) for re-entry to park on Saturday or you must pay. NO EXCEPTIONS

 

4. To minimize problems with TEAM MEMBERS OR GUESTS arriving at separate times,

TU WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOLDING ARM BANDS AT THE ENTRANCE CANOPY.

Team leaders are responsible for all their guests. Late arrivals must contact team leaders to meet them at the entrance canopy.

TU WILL NOT HOLD any arm bands for anyone. The entrance canopy process will shut down at 10:00pm Friday night, and will not be available again until Saturday morning at 7:00 AM. Anyone without an arm band must leave the park PRIOR TO 8:00PM Friday night. ARMBANDS ARE MANDANTORY AFTER 8PM!

 

5. Cooks' Meeting will be at 8:00AM Saturday. THE TEAM LEADER MUST BE PRESENT.

 

6. Teams must produce a MINIMUM OF FIVE GALLONS OF EACH RECIPE TO BE ENTERED. 10 gallons is highly recommended.

 

7. Chili must begin with raw, uncooked meat. Cook off officials must inspect the cook site and verify that teams are starting with raw meat before the OK is given to begin cooking. Teams may begin cooking any time after inspection is completed, including Friday.

 

8. TEAMS MAY ENTER MORE THAN ONE RECIPE.

BUT, EACH RECIPE MUST BE REGISTERED AND PAID FOR. Teams may only have one chili recipe for judging per EACH  $50.00 registration fee.

Teams producing more than one chili recipe cannot combine Peoples' Choice ballotsEACH RECIPE MUST HAVE IT'S OWN SEPARATE PEOPLES CHOICE CONTAINER ADJACENT TO THE SAMPLES OF THAT CHILI. TAMPERING WITH, OR COMBINING, OR DISPLAYING ONLY ONE OF THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE BALLOT CANS WILL DISQUALIFY THAT TEAM. Let's play fair.

Side dishes and/or garnishes are permissible (crackers, cheese, cornbread, etc.).

       8-a. If your team decides to enter more recipes than were registered on line, you MUST pay for EACH additional recipe at the check in table.

That is the only way to qualify for an additional judging container.

 

9. Teams must supply all necessities to produce chili (cooking equipment, utensils, ingredients, tables, chairs, etc.) AND HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER. Trout Unlimited will supply each team with tasting cups for the public and containers for judging. A pitcher for pouring chili into the sample cups is recommended.

 

10.WHEN THE TEAM CHECKS IN TO CLAIM THEIR SITE/SITES Each team will receive one complimentary apron, and one official Chili Cook Off Flag, 2 T-shirt coupons and 4 ARM BANDS for each recipe entered

ALL TEAMS, INCLUDING SPONSOR TEAMS MUST CHECK IN TO RECEIVE THESE ITEMS.

Additional T-shirts and aprons will be available for purchase during the event FROM THE EAGLE SPORTZ TRAILER.

 

11. Teams may begin setting up in the cook areas as early as 8:00AM on Friday, Oct.18th, and must be completely set up by 9:00am on Saturday. Oct. 19th.

Oversize vehicles MUST be placed on the perimeter areas. (Those vehicles which take up more than one 20' by 20' cook site.).

 

12. Vehicles will not be allowed in the cooking area between 9:00am Saturday and until the last award is given out. PLEASE USE CAUTION.

 

13. Gates will open to the public at l0:30AM Saturday.

FOR THE SAKE OF FAIRNESS, ONLY THOSE ENTERING THROUGH THE GATES ON SATURDAY WILL BE ISSUED PEOPLES CHOICE BALLOTS.

Chili should be ready to serve by 11:00 AM. Judges Sample: Quart containers of chili for judges must be taken to “cooks meeting site” between 10:45am and 11:00am. No recipes will be accepted for judging, after 11:00am.

PEOPLES’ CHOICE BALLOT CONTAINERS MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE COOKS MEETING SITE BY 2:30 OR WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

ANY CONTAINER THAT SHOWS SIGNS OF BEING TAMPERED WILL NOT BE COUNTED

Presentation of awards for "Judges' Choice", "People's Choice", and “Best Cook Site” will start at approximately 3:00pm.

 

14. Distribution or display of advertisements, brochures, or products will be restricted to our sponsors and cook team participants. (Soft drinks, beer, water, foods CANNOT BE DISTRIBUTED ) 

ONLY chili and associated side dishes MAY BE DISTRIBUTED BY TEAMS. 

ALSO PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT POLITICAL ADVERTISMENTS  ARE ONLY ALLOWED ON TEAM SITES.

 

15. Sponsors for individual cooking teams shall confine their advertising and any distribution of products, handouts, etc. to their team's cook area.

COOK TEAM Advertisements may not be higher than 10 feet; This is waived for our sponsors. Distribution or promotion of products or services in direct competition with our sponsors is not allowed.

TROUT UNLIMITED RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REJECT TEAM HANDOUTS AND THEMES. Anyone handing out fliers, coupons, etc that conflict with sponsors of the CCO will be asked to leave the venue.

 

16. Ridge Ferry Park is a public area, therefore all local, state and federal laws concerning alcoholic beverages apply. RIDGE FERRY PARK RULES MUST BE FOLLOWED, INCLUDING COOK SITE CLEANUP.

 

17. All cook team members/paid guests should be in the park before 9:00 AM Saturday. Although the gate does not open until 10:30, we will be charging for entry beginning at DAYLIGHT SATURDAY.

WEARING AN EVENT ARM BAND WILL ALLOW FREE ENTRY INTO THE PARK

 

18. NO GLASS BOTTLES WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE PARK.

 

19. CVCTU reserves the right to reject team themes and handouts.

 

20. ABSOLUTELY NO PETS ARE ALLOWED AT THE PARK WHATSOEVER FRIDAY OR SATURDAY.

SERVICE ANIMALS WITH DOCUMENTATION ARE ALLOWED.

 

21. COOK TEAM VEHICLES MUST BE REMOVED FROM WITHIN THE COOK OFF PERIMETER AS SOON AS THEY ARE UNLOADED.

 THESE VEHICLES MUST BE PARKED AT THE TEAM PARKING AREA ALONG RIVERSIDE PARKWAY. PLEASE HELP US WITH THIS AS IT HAS BECOME A SAFETY ISSUE.

 

22. ONLY TROUT UNLIMITED STAFF MAY USE ATV’s OR 4 WHEELERS OR GOLF CARTS,

  USE OF THESE VEHICLES BY ANYONE OTHER THAN TU STAFF IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.

 

23. OUR CHILI COOK OFF SPONSORS PAY FOR THE RIGHT TO PROMOTE THEMSELVES AND THEIR PRODUCTS.

COOK TEAM SPONSORS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DISPLAY, DISTRIBUTE OR PROMOTE PRODUCTS IN DIRECT COMPETITION WITH COOK OFF SPONSORS.

PLEASE NOTE; TROUT UNLIMITED WILL NOT TOLERATE CHEATING.

IF ANYONE WITNESSES SUSPECTED CHEATING, PLEASE GO TO THE TROUT UNLIMITED CABIN AND REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY.  YOU WILL STAY ANONAMOUS.

 

PARK RULES

 

No amplified music allowed after 11pm.

That includes, but is not limited to; Boom boxes, stereos, guitars, etc. (Note: This is not specific to this event, but is for all activities at Ridge Ferry Park. This is a city ordinance enforceable by the police.)

 

Quiet time begins at 11pm.

Please be courteous to all your neighbors. This is a mixed crowd & family friendly event Partying does not have to stop, but must be done in a respectable manner.

 

Offensive behavior, nudity, or vulgarities will not be tolerated at any time.

 

Friday night is not open to the public. Friday night at the park is to be restricted to cooking teams, sponsors, their personal guests and cook-off staff. No exceptions. Teams are responsible for insuring guests follow the Park Rules and that they have arm bands on.

 

Teams are allowed to bring in food other than the chili prepared on site and beverages only for PERSONAL CONSUMPTION ONLY.

 

Glass containers not are allowed in the park.

Any beverage brought in glass containers must be consumed from non-breakable cups.

 

All items brought into the Park must be removed. DO NOT leave anything you brought in. Leave the area as you found it.

 

Trash can liners will be provided by Trout Unlimited for each cook site. These liners are for each team's use and not for public use, just for the teams. Additional liners will be provided as necessary.

 

RVs and Campers please take note:  THE NUMBER OF CAMPERS AND RV'S HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY IN THE PAST YEARS AND SPACE TO ACCOMMODATE ALL OF THEM IS RUNNING SHORT. WE ASK THAT CAMPERS PULL IN HEAD FIRST OR BACK INTO A SINGLE COOK SITE IF POSSIBLE.  IF YOUR VEHICLE REQUIRES MORE THAN "1" COOK SPACE,  AN ADDITIONAL SPACE IS $50.00.

HAVING AN ADDITIONAL SPACE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL RECIPIES DOES NOT ENTITLE TEAMS TO ADDITIONAL ARMBANDS OR T-SHIRTS ETC.

 

**All vehicles, displays, campsites, and cook sites must be removed by 10:00pm on Saturday evening at the latest.

 

 

STATE & LOCAL FIRE MARSHAL REQUIREMENTS

 

State, National and Local fire ordinances governing outdoor cooking events are extensive and written to protect the cooks and the patrons of the events."

 

“We, the TU Chili Cook Off Committee ask that all teams conduct their cooking activities and cooking fires in a safe manner."  

 

                        THE FOLLOWING ARE GUIDELINES THAT MUST BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED.

 

ALL teams must have a properly charged fire extinguisher that is easily accessible and visible on site.

 

Cooking is prohibited under a tent or canopy unless the tent or canopy has a fire retardant label.

 

Wood or charcoal COOKING FIRES must be elevated or surrounded by an appropriate fire ring. All such fires must be monitored and kept at a reasonable and safe flame height.

 

A generator may be used but it must be away from flames and have GFCI connections. Only UNDAMAGED exterior rated extension cords may be used and they must be of adequate size to service the appliance or device being powered.

 

Decorations such as hay bales, straw and any combustible decorations should be at least 10 feet away from any flame.

 

All spare EMPTY or FULL canisters of cooking fuel must be stored away from cooking and pedestrian areas in the UPRIGHT position.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines are subject to possible revision at the Fire Marshals discretion.