We Present The 2017 Chilympics!
The 18th Annual Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook Off, a Grand Strand tradition, will be held Sunday, October 8th, 2017 in beautiful Murrells Inlet, SC at the Hot Fish Club, King Street Grille, and Morse Park.
This event draws thousands of residents and visitors to raise money for the Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and has become a staple of Grand Strand events.
This year’s benefit, free and open to the public, begins at noon with chili samples available to purchase from over 40 area self-proclaimed “Chilimasters”. Categories of competition for this year are: Best Overall, Best Restaurant, People’s Choice, Hottest, Most Original, Best Vegetarian, Best Theme, and Best Use of South Carolina Products. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes will be given to the first place winners in each category.
In addition to trying some of the most inventive chili recipes, people come for the music, art, local crafts, and vendors.
$2 sample tickets will be sold for chili. For the 18th year in a row we are proudly serving beers from New South Brewing Co. for purchase; beer tickets are $3 each, with a donation of $1 for an official Chilympics cup.
We also have packages which you can preorder this year to save time when you get there!
- Package 1: Beer Cup, 2 Beer Tickets, 10 Chili Tickets – $25
- Package 2: 2 Beer Cups, 4 Beer Tickets, 10 Chili Tickets – $45
The Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will also have a booth set up selling merchandise and information on the chapter and it’s activities, and how to get involved in the chapter.
This year we are asking participants and attendees to bring a non-perishable or canned food item to support the efforts of South Strand Helping Hand. A Kids’ Area with food, soft drinks, face painting, and inflatables will be available.
We will provide shuttles from the overflow parking lot of Belin Methodist Church and the Creekside Cab office location. Look for the tent set up across from the Murrells Inlet boat landing. There is no charge for parking at Belin while they are taking donations to support their mission trips abroad. The shuttles will run a route approximately every 15 minutes from noon until 6:30 PM.
A special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Better Brands, Don Q Puerto Rican Rum, Burnetts Vodka, Surfwater Promotions, Local Skateboard Co., the Hot Fish Club, King Street Grille, Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant, Ellev Advertising Agency, Palmetto Portables, Creekside Cab, Ron Jons, WYAV WAVE 104.1, WKZQ 96.1 FM.
Special thanks to Georgetown County, Georgetown County Parks and Sheriff’s Office for working with us on this event.
All proceeds from this event and others fund the projects of the Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984, Surfrider’s most important coastal environmental work is carried out by over 80 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts.
The Grand Strand Chapter is comprised entirely of volunteers and serves the entire Grand Strand from Little River to Georgetown, encompassing both Horry and Georgetown counties. Our chapter works to keep our beaches and waves clean, educate the public, and protect beach access. For more information about the many projects and events in the area, please visit our website or join us on Facebook (Surfrider Grand Strand) to receive updates.
About The Chilympics!
The annual Chilympics Chili Cook-Off is a day full of chili, music, fun and more in beautiful Murrells Inlet, SC. This event draws thousands of residents and visitors to raise money for the Grand Strand Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and has become a staple of Inlet events. In addition to trying some of the most inventive chili recipes , people come for the music, the art, and the local crafts. Since it’s beginning in 1999 attendance has grown annually and we expect even more attendees this year.
The event is our main fundraiser for the year, and helps our organization work on projects that benefit our community, from Cherry Grove to Georgetown. We will use funds for an anti-plastics campaign, Ocean Friendly Garden placement at area parks, schools, and businesses, and to continue litter prevention and education efforts throughout Horry and Georgetown counties.