Chili on the Comstock returns to Virginia City this weekend

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More than 30 professional and amateur chili cooks from across the west will gather in Virginia City for the 34th annual Chili on the Comstock, heating up at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20 , and Sunday, May 21.

Also returning to the event is the Fireball Saloon Crawl along with the Fun with the Runs 5k race.

Cups for the Fireball Saloon Crawl, sponsored by Cemetery Gin, are available online in advance for $15 or $25 at the event.

Taking place on Saturday only, participants in the crawl sample specialty beverages from Virginia City’s famed saloons, restaurants and merchants. Groups of four can purchase a Hot Chili & Chilled Brew for $85, which includes four crawl cups and 10 tasting tokens per person. Purchase in advance online.

On Sunday, the 3rd annual Fun with the Runs 5K begins on C Street at 10 a.m. Runners will make their way through the hilly Virginia City terrain back to the cook-off. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume. Awards will be given to the first place winner men’s, women’s and children’s (12 and under) categories. Race participants receive a knapsack, T-shirt and tasting tokens. Registration is available online for $30 for adults or $15 for children 12 and under.

Tasting kits are available online for discounted prices at

  • $5 “Cautious Tester” includes four tastings; $8 at event
  • $10 “Daring Tester” includes 10 tastings; $15 at event
  • $85 “Hot Chili and Chilled Brew-Party for four package includes 40 tasting tickets and four saloon crawl cups; $95 at event

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

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