When the doors open at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, an annual tradition will attract hundreds of people eager to taste the area’s best chili.

When the doors open at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, an annual tradition will attract hundreds of people eager to taste the area’s best chili.

Eleven teams will bring their secret chili recipes, vying for more than $2,000 in cash prizes during the 34th Annual Budweiser/Bud Light Chili Cook-off, presented by Golden Eagle Distributing and the Hannibal Jaycees. Chili will be served beginning at 11 a.m., and contests will take place throughout the day, as visitors sample the region’s best chili.

Businesses, non-profit organizations and individual entrants will show off their chili cooking skills. The cost for entry is $25 per team. The first place winner will receive $1,000, with the second place team receiving $500 and third place winners receiving $250. The theme for 2017 is “Souper Rockfest,” and rock ‘n’ roll karaoke will offer visitors the chance to sing along with their favorite tunes.

Additionally, Golden Eagle Distributing employees will judge a costume contest for participating teams, with a $250 prize going to the group with the most rockin’ costumes. A cornhole tournament will begin at noon, said Melissa Haynes with Golden Eagle Distributing.

Teams vying for top honors will find out which chili recipes won the judges over at 5:30 p.m. The festivities will continue until 10 p.m. The public entry fee is $5, and the event is open to visitors 21 years of age and older. Proceeds from the Chili Cook-off will benefit Bear Creek Sports Park and the Hannibal Jaycees.

Haynes said she was particularly looking forward to the karaoke entertainment and the forecast for warm temperatures.

“It should be a fun day,” she said.

For more information, please call Haynes at (573)221-0908.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com