Virginia City’s ‘Chili on the Comstock’ returning May 2-3

The 32nd annual Chili on the Comstock will bring the heat to the Comstock from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2-3 in Virginia City, where more than 30 professional chili cooks will be on hand.

This year’s event includes #CrawlBackInTime Fireball Saloon Crawl, a sampling of themed beverages from 15 locations. New this year is the Fun with the Runs, an inaugural 5K that starts at 10 a.m. on C Street. Runners and walkers will make their way through the hilly terrain and back to the cook-off venue. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume with winners to be selected prior to the race.

Family-friendly activities also include the Kids Zone with a bungee trampoline, giant slide and bounce house located at the Delta Saloon parking lot. Single tickets sold the day of the event.

The two-day event brings the best chili cookers from around the west to compete daily for the bragging rights and the People’s Choice award with winners receiving cash prizes.

Tasting kits are on sale at Prices are $5 for six tastings; $10 for 14 tastings; $30 for 30 tastings and two Kids Zone passes; and $60 for 40 tasting tickets and four saloon crawl cups.

Admission to the Fireball Saloon Crawl is $10, a fee that includes one drink and allows participants to sample themed specialty drinks with discounts for additional beverage purchases.

Chili on the Comstock is sponsored by Dolan Auto Group, Virginia City’s Mustang Ranch Steakhouse, Bucket of Blood Saloon, Coors Light and Camelot Party Rentals.

For more information, go to, or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.


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