DES MOINES, IA (08/29/2017) (readMedia)-- The top "Red Texas Style" chili cooks squared off in heated competition in the Chili Cook Off contest, judged Saturday August 19 at the 2017 Iowa State Fair.
Kevin Stovall of Lees Summit, Mo., claimed first place, $250 cash prize, and is eligible for the World's Chili Cook-off Championship.
Kyle Barton of West Des Moines earned second place and $150. Christopher Walker of Overland Park, Kan., claimed third place and $75.
Fourth place was awarded to Bryan Alcorn of Roanoke, VA and fifth place was awarded to Michael Harris of Maple Grove, Minn.
Entrants were required to be a member of the International Chili Society and were asked to prepare at least two quarts of "Red Texas Style" Chili on site during the Fair. "Red Texas Style" chili uses no beans or pasta. The chili can contain any combination of meats, cooked with chili peppers and spices.
Each entry was judged on texture of the meat, chili flavor, consistency/blend of spices, aroma and color.
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa's greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. "Nothing Compares" to State Fair Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.