More Entries Sought For Ride To The Springs Chili Challenge Sept. 14



The Jemez Riders are holding their first annual motorcycle Ride to the Springs Saturday, Sept. 14. The event is a fundraiser for Wyatt Taylor, a La Cueva teen and junior firefighter who was seriously injured in a tragic accident in December 2017 which left him hospitalized for several months. See full story

As part of the event, a Chili Challenge will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Madonna Hall in Jemez Springs which is open to all, not just riders.

The group will then gather at Madonna Hall for a chili challenge and live music – open to all, not just riders. The big fundraising focus of the event will be the raffle.

“Anybody can win and you don’t have to be there to win. The grand prize is a 1999 Triumph Tiger motorcycle donated by a Jemez Springs resident. Tickets are $10 each and if you don’t win the motorcycle, there are about 100 other prizes donated by businesses and individuals from Santa Fe, Los Alamos and throughout the area,” Sturgeon said. “We will start calling the numbers at 2 p.m. at Madonna Hall and the grand prize ticket will be drawn at 2:30 p.m. even if we haven’t call all the other prizes.”

Information on the Chili Challenge is as follows:

Entry rules  (No Entry Fee)

  • Your chili must be made in advance. There will be no opportunity to actually cook anything at the venue.
  • To provide enough tastings to hungry attendees, contestants are asked to bring at least 8 quarts of chili (about 2 Crockpots worth). 
  • You will be responsible for keeping your chili hot and ready to serve. There will be plenty of electrical outlets and a table for your serving station.

Please arrive around 11:30 a.m. and have your serving station set up by noon. The judging and announcement of the winners will take place at 1:45 p.m. prior to the start of the raffle drawing. If you have chili remaining, we would like to keep the stations open until 2:30 p.m. when the Grand Prize raffle ticket is drawn.

What to bring

  • Just your chili, a ladle, and a way to keep it warm, like a Crockpot or Sterno.

The Challenge organizers will provide spoons, bowls, napkins, cups, and water.


  • A panel of five judges will cast ballots to determine the Chili Challenge champion. The tastings will be blind as to limit bias from judges.
  • The winning team will receive a custom laser-engraved trophy, a $500 donation to Wyatt Taylor in their name, and huge bragging rights!
  • Second and third place winners will receive customer laser-engraved plaques.

Last, but not least

  • We encourage you to make a special variety of chili to stand out—meatless, spicy, or a surprise ingredient, for example.
  • This event is a fundraiser. Please be respectful of our hosts and the venue they have graciously provided.

Questions? Contact Richard Sturgeon, 505.412.2616, or Austin Evans, 505.709.8818.