A. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. The Terlingua Championship "Chili Year" starts on October 1st and ends September 30 of the next year, for the following November's Championship, which is held the first Saturday in November in Terlingua, Texas.
2. Cookoff sanctioned by the CASI/Great Peppers Organization will also entitle the cooks and show teams to earn points or qualify for the Terlingua Championship, unless the cookoff rules were not followed.
B. CHILI COOKS:
1. All Past Terlingua Chili Champions (Tolbert and CASI) and Past ICS World Chili Champions are qualified.
2. The second thru tenth place winners at the Terlingua Championship (Tolbert and CASI) are qualified for the next years championship.
3. Current Champion and two runners up (top 3 places), regardless of place, who are residents of the state of the State Championship. Winners residing outside that State will receive points and first place will be qualified for Terlingua.
4.Current Champion and two runners up (top 3 places), regardless of place, who are residents of the state of the Men's State and Women's State Championship. Winners residing outside that State will receive points and first place qualification toward Terlingua only. States must have at least 12 cookoffs a year to be eligible for the automatic qualification.
(Exception: The Texas Women's State is held the first weekend in October. The points and automatic qualification will be counted as if the event had been held prior to October 1st.)
The top three winners (no showmanship judging) at the Last Chance Cookoff held in Terlingua during the week prior to the Championship.
5. The top three winners at Regional and International Championships.
6. First place chili winner at ANY sanctioned Cookoff (including ICS Regional or ICS State Cookoffs).
7. The required number of points for each state is based on the number of cookoffs held in the state the previous chili year. The requirements are:
-States having 1 - 11 Cookoffs Require
-States having 12 or more Cookoffs Require
8. Cook who have accumulated the required number of points as determined by their State of residence. The scale being:
Five (5) Points and / or Automatic Qualification
Four (4) Points
Three (3) Points
Fourth Thru Tenth Place
Two (2) Points
1. The first place winners of the Open and Limited Showmanship at the Terlingua Championship are qualified for the next year's championship.
2. The highest placing team that is a resident of the state holding cookoff in the State Championship and eligible Men's State and Women's State Championships.
3. It shall require the same number of points to qualify for Terlingua Showmanship as it does for Chili.
4. At the Terlingua Championship, a qualified Show Team does not need to have a qualified cook in order to participate.