The crown prominently featured in many of the photographs has a name, Elizabeth. Originally purchased at an antique store by Hondo’s niece Merrilee Schuele in 1971 for the very first Ladies State Chili Championship. “Elizabeth” lives in a wood and glass case built by the 1991 winner, Sue Morgan of Irving.



2011 Winner, Jill Burrows of Lockhart, TX


Christine Knight 2010 Ladies State Champion, The Big Kahuna – The Princess EditionShe went on to win 1st Place Chili in Terlingua one month later Behind the Store.


Reva Weatherly of Canyon Lake, Texas2009 AND 2008 Tolbert Ladies State Winner Reva was also the 2008 Tolbert Texas State Champion


2007 Queen Julie Darley, Canyon Lake, Texas
Julie, a two-time winner with first place at LSCC 2004.


2006 Queen Kim Eckert, Austin, TX
Queen Kim set the bar mighty high when she also took 1st place in the Costume Contest, 1st place beans, 1st place Margaritas and her showmanship group, The Texas Show Team took the 1st place trophy as well. Heck of a showing!