Friday, September 04, 2015



Great Lakes Regional

Chili Cookoff

Vendor Info

About Us

Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc.

Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization that holds chili cook-offs to benefit charities or other nonprofit organizations.  Winners of the Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc cook-offs qualify to compete at the International Chili Society (ICS) World's Championship Chili Cook-off.  The ICS is the largest food contest, festival organization in the world!

Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc is very proud that since 1996 have raised over $295,000 for charities and nonprofit organizations here in Southeast Michigan. 

Charities who have received at least $5,000 include:

Make a Wish Foundation, The Rainbow Connection, Plymouth Salvation Army, Bridgepoint, Michigan Youth Soccer Association, Penrickton Center for Blind Children and Habitat for Humanity.


Ken & Annette Horn1985 - Founders Ken & Annette Horn began competing at Chili Cookoffs. 

1996 - Ken & Annette decided to bring a chili cookoff to downtown Plymouth.  The first cookoff raised $4,000 for charity but that was just the beginning. 

1999 - Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc was formed as a 501(c) 3 organization.  Today the annual event on the first or second Sunday in October in Plymouth attracts 20,000 chili and motorcycle fans.

2014 - Founders Ken & Annette Horn retire from GLCC after 18 years of dedicated service!

GLRC, Inc. has three board of directors consisting of a President, Vice-President and a Treasurer.  The board is a volunteer, unpaid board.    


President - Frank Agostini

Vice-President - James Gietzen

Treasurer - Tony Belli

All net proceeds raised from the Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-offs are given to local charities and non-profits.  Here's a breakdown of how proceeds were disbursed for a recent Event:

  28% - City of Plymouth services

    5% - Rental

    4% - Printing/Promotion

    4% - Prizes

    2% - Merchandise

    2% - Entertainment

    3% - Other

  52% - Charity