Chili Cook-Off — January 26, 2024

Posted January 10, 2024

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The McKinley-Thatcher community is invited to our PTA’s annual Chili Cook-Off on Friday, January 26, 2024!

  • Who: All members of the McKinley community!
  • What: PTA’s Annual Chili Cook-Off
  • Where: Our school cafeteria
  • When: Friday, January 26, 2024; 5:30pm-7:00pm
  • Why: Food & fun ($1 cake walk entries & other free activities) + enter your chili to win a prize!

We’ll also have FREE ice cream samples thanks to the Stir-Pan Creamery!

Please RSVP or Sign Up to Help Out!

RSVP online using our Google form or by calling our main office at (720) 424-5600!

Sign up to bring a chili, donate a cake to our cake walk, or help with setup/takedown using our SignUpGenius or by returning the paper form in your child’s January 12 Friday Folder to the main office.


I’d Like to Enter a Chili!

Sign up to bring a chili using our SignUpGenius.

Guidelines and Rules: Chilis

  1. Bring a crockpot of HOT chili for tasting.  Make sure chili is hot; we will NOT have outlets for plugging in.  Please bring a ladle for your chili.
  2. Please have your chili to the cafeteria no later than 5:30pm on Friday, January 26, 2024 in order to be entered into the cook-off.  Chili brought after 5:30 will be available for tasting but will not be entered into the contest. Please arrive early, remember sign-in can take some extra time.
  3. Check in upon entering the lobby; then bring your chili to the cafeteria. Please bring a list of ingredients to attach to your chili.
  4. Make sure your name is on the crockpot and ladle.
  5. You are welcome to bring extras to make your chili stand out (cheese, crackers, bread, tortillas, etc).
  6. Please make sure your chili is safely prepared, completely cooked, and heated through; remember that a lot of people will be eating your chili!
  7. Chili will be judged. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, Firefighters’ Favorite, and “Best Staff Chili.”
  8. Chili crockpots, dishes, and utensils must be picked up between 6:00pm-6:30pm on Friday, January 26.  

I’d Like to Donate a Cake to the Cake Walk!

Sign up to donate a cake to our cake walk using our SignUpGenius.

Guidelines and Rules: Desserts for Cake Walk

  1. Please bring your dessert to the stage in the cafeteria by 5:30pm on Friday, January 26.
  2. Please bring a list of ingredients to attach to your dessert for individuals with allergies.  (NO NUTS, please!)
  3. Your dessert will go home with a cake walk winner, so please bring it on a plate or in a container that you are prepared to give away.  It is not necessary to provide utensils.

I’d Like to Help with Setup and/or Takedown!

Sign up to help with setup/takedown using our SignUpGenius.

We’ll need help setting up for the Chili Cook-Off from 5:00pm to 5:30pm. We’ll also need help cleaning up from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.

I Have Questions or Need More Information!

Call our Chili Cook-Off coordinator, Ms. Mona Trujillo, at (720) 518-5458 or email her at