Chili Challenge

31 Years and Still Cookin’ … Thank you for supporting the work of UCP of Northwest Missouri as we serve local children and adults with disabilities.

The 31st Annual UCP Chili Challenge on March 5th, 2017, Raised $120,000 to Support UCP’s Programs!
Every year the Chili Challenge brings spectators, supporters, team members and auction-goers to the Civic Arena in downtown St. Joseph, Mo. A single admission price lets visitors sample dozens of chilis, while enjoying live music from the Licious Brothers, browsing unique vendors, bidding on silent auction items, and chatting with old and new friends.

In 2017, 64 teams competed for the Chili titles and local businesses donated items for the silent and online auctions. $120,000 was generated to help provide support to UCP’s programs.

31st Annual UCP Chili Challenge Awards:

Missouri State Champion:

1st Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd Collin’s Country Club, Tim Collins
3rd HyVee, Tina Evans


1st Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd Collins Country Club, Tim Collins
3rd Ma Eukers, Todd Euler
4th CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc., Heidi Walker
5th Taylormade Chili, Jacob Lilly

1st   HyVee, Tina Evans
2nd  HiHo Bar & Grill, John Garvey
3rd  Nestle Purina IV, Kelley Schenk
4th  D&G Pub & Grub, Christina Grimes
5th  Nestle Purina I, Nick Musser

Commercial Sponsor:

1st   Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward
2nd  Collins Country Club, Tim Collins
3rd   HyVee, Tina Evans
4th   HiHo Bar & Grill, John Garvey
5th   CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc., Heidi Walker

All Beef- Sponsored by American Angus
Chili Rainbow, Jason Benward

Best Decorated Booth:

1st Anderson Auto Group, Bob Bledsoe
2nd CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc., Heidi Walker
3rd Murphy’s Smokin’ Meats, Annette Murphy

Heart of America People’s Choice Awards:

1st Nestle Purina I, $56,511.00
2nd The Boys Are Back, $6,784.00
3rd Anderson Ford, $6,000.00
4th Long Branch Crop Tours LLC Osborn, MO, $5,834.00
5th Sisters Three, $5,485.00
6th Knights of Columbus, $928.00
7th Gray Manufacturing, $833.00
8th American Family Insurance, $557.00
9th CBIZ Insurance Services, Inc. $527.00
10th PJ’s and MJ’s, $335.00
11th HyVee, $275.00
12th Heather Ball, $261.00
13th Jurassic Flavors, $190.00
14th Murphy’s Smokin’ Meats, $101.00
15th Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch (Commerce Bank), $88.00

The competition really heats up — not just for best chili in several categories, but for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

Each year, teams recruit local donations before the Chili Challange to earn the title of People’s Choice. The 2016 People’s Choice award winner, St. Joseph’s Nestle-Purina, brought in more than $56,000 for UCP’s programs!  In an equally remarkable effort, The Boys Are Back raised over $6,000 and Anderson Ford raised $6,000, as well as Long Branch Crop Tours with over $5,000 donated to UCP.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Chili Challenge a tremendous success! On behalf of the families served by UCP, the board, staff and volunteers, we are so grateful.