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Czhilispiel

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Czech Out Our History!

Czhilispiel is a nod to Flatonia’s Czech and German heritage. First, the name comes from a play on the word “Chili.” The addition of the “z” is a play on a Czech spelling, and the German word “spiel” means play.

The festival started in 1973 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Flatonia. Czhilispiel began as a fundraiser to help fund a local Flatonia student's medical school education. At the time Flatonia needed a doctor, so the residents organized the Czech heritage festival and chili cook-off, Czhilispiel. The student agreed to serve the community for at least five years after completing medical school, but ended up staying longer. Czhilispiel continues to use proceeds from the event to benefit local needs, whether for students or community services.
Over the years, Czhilispiel has grown from a small cook-off to a larger event with a concert series, biergarten, carnival, parade, arts and crafts market, 5K and various activities throughout the weekend. It is held every year on the fourth full weekend of October.

Top Notch Entertainment!

Some of the past performers have included: Robert Earl Keen, Eli Young Band, Stoney LaRue, Aaron Watson, Brave Combo, The Bellamy Brothers, The Velvets, The Shiner Hobo Band, The Dujka Brothers, Cory Morrow, Wade Bowen, and many, many more.

Get Involved!

Czhilispiel also has a variety of opportunities for partnerships as sponsors, commercial and food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, cook-off and event participants, and for volunteers. The event is 100% volunteer driven.


Many thanks to our CZ 49 Sponsors!

Full Schedule

Friday, October 22

No Gate Admission –FREE

5:00pm – 7:00pm:
BBQ & Czhili Teams "Czech-In" by Czhili Stage

6:00pm:
Gates, Biergarten, Carnival, WAGS Souvenir Booth, Food Booths & Arts & Crafts Open

6:00pm – 7:30pm:
HEDZ ENT-DJSUPERMAN – til 12:00am

7:00pm
IBCA BBQ Cookers Meeting & Tray Pick Up Under Tent

8:00pm – 9:30pm
MATT CASTILLO MUSIC on Main Stage

10:00pm – 11:30pm
CRISTINA AMARO – SELENA/LATIN TRIBUTE SHOW - Main Stage


Saturday, October 23

Tickets: Presale $15 | Gate: $20 Cash only
(kids 12 and under are free)

6:00 am
Breakfast Tacos – Flatonia Volunteer Fire Dept. (Goodwill Donations Accepted)

7:00 am
Czhili Teams "Czech In" by Czhili Stage

8:00 am
5K Registration at Czhili Stage

8:00am
Gates, Biergarten, WAGS Souvenir Booth, Food and Arts & Crafts Open

8:30 am
5K Run/Walk Begins North West Side of Tent

10:00am
Golf Tournament at Flatonia Golf Course
The Central Texas Rail History Center Opens

11:00am
Jackpot Bean Turn In under the Tent,
Czhili Showmanship Judging Begins,
Margarita Contest Turn In
behind Czhili Stage

11:00am
Flatonia Lions Club Pie Auction under the Tent,
E. A. Arnim Museum Opens,
Class Reunions at the Wine
Haus

12:00
IBCA Chicken Turn In Under Tent
Carnival, Bobby Cordell Strolling Balloon Act

1:00pm
Hometown Czhili Turn In behind Czhili Stage

1:00 – 3:00 pm
HEDZ ENT-DJ SUPERMAN on Czhili Stage

1:30pm
IBCA Pork Spare Ribs Turn In Under Tent

1:30pm
CZECHAHOLICS on Main Stage

1:30pm
Registration of the Young Farmers Egg Toss $10 fee in front of The Market,
Registration begins for the
Jalapeno Eating Contest, Czhilispiel Got Talent Begins - $5.00 each

2:00pm
CASI Czhili Turn In behind Czhili Stage,
Egg Toss Competition Begins

3:00pm
IBCA Brisket Turn In Under Tent

3:00pm
Jalapeno Eating & Czhilispiel Got Talent Contests - Czhili Stage

5:00pm -6:30pm
RICK TREVINO on Main Stage

7:00pm – 8:30pm
JON STORK on Main Stage

9:00pm - 10:30pm
GIOVANNIE & THE HIRED GUNS on Main Stage

11:00pm – 12:30am
LC ROCKS on Main Stage

Sunday, October 24

No Gate Admission - FREE

10:00am
Gates, WAGS Souvenir Booth, Arts & Crafts & Food Booths, Central Texas Rail History Center Opens

10:00am - 12 noon
D'VINE TESTAMENT on Main Stage

10:00am – 2:00pm
Car & Truck Show Registration - $25.00 per entry

12:00 Noon
Czhilispiel Grand Parade – Downtown Flatonia,
Biergarten Opens, Bobby’s Balloon Act

1:00pm
FHS Dazzlers & Cheerleaders Perform Main Stage,
Carnival, E. A. Arnim Museum Opens

1:30pm
SPECIAL EVENTS: Sign up at Czhili Stage – Children’s Halloween Costume Contest, Children’s Tricycle Races, Little Wranglers Hay Hauling Contest - No Charge.
Register for the Adult Back Seat Momma Drivin Contest, Horseshoe Tournament, Corn Hole Tournament & Washer Tournament - $20.00 per team.

1:05pm – 4:30pm
BLUE DENIM BAND on Main Stage

2:00pm
Car & Truck Show Judging Begins and Awards presented when judging complete

5:00pm – 8:00pm
SHINERS 2ND WIND on Main Stage



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