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The Czhilispiel Chili Cook-Off (1974)

Wallace and Euna Pryor

No Sound on Film | 1974

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  •  A band playing 
  •  A rocking Chzhilispiel hat 
  •  This girl does not approve of the chili 
  •  Wally Pryor is at the festival! 
  •  The winners of the cook off are announced 
  •  Jump Up and Kiss Me Chili - Wally Pryor, Nancy Becker, Rocky Caliche 
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The many festivities of the 1974 Czhilispiel Chili Cook-off are documented in this unedited footage. Held in the historic Czech and German settlement of Flatonia, the cook-off has featured some of the state’s best chili for over thirty years. Couples dance to the live entertainment of the day while judges put their taste buds to the test. Wally Pryor makes an on-camera appearance and the winners are announced at the end of the film. That’s chili with a “z”!
Known to many as the “Voice of the Longhorns,” Wally Pryor served as the announcer for UT sports from 1953 until 2002. While his voice was certainly recognizable he also played an active role as a producer – for KTBC, amongst others – and regularly served as an emcee for various events. Wally regularly worked as a producer for his older brother Richard “Cactus” Pryor. The films in the Wally Pryor collection represent a range of films from home movies, to various pieces he produced, films featuring himself, and several films featuring Cactus Pryor.