WMSE 91.7FM will hold its 12th annual Rockabilly Chili Contest fundraiser at the MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway, on Sunday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 60 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers will compete against one another to determine the city’s best chili as voted on by event attendees.

Awards are given to winners in five different categories: best meat, best vegetarian, most unique chili, best heat, and best vendor display/presentation. The 2014 event features an expanded venue that includes the first floor gymnasium and the second floor field house, resulting in much greater seating and dining space.

New this year, the Milwaukee Fire Department will be participating (they’ll be judged separately by local celebrity judges). In addition, there will be chili pepper races, live music and a children’s area run by Artists Working in Education.

Advance tickets are $12, include 4 chili samples and can be purchased online or at WMSE, 820 N. Milwaukee St. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children ages 10 and under are free. Additional chili sampling tickets can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Bring two or more non-perishable food items for the Hunger Task Force and receive two additional sample tickets. Tickets at the door (if available) will be $15.

Discounted tickets are available in advance to MSOE students ($5) and MSOE faculty and staff ($10) at the WMSE studios in Krueger Hall.