Chili Cook Off

Chili Cook Off


DATE: July 7, 2018

LOCATION: Post Park (Fort Peña Colorado Park)

Marathon hosts two annual chili cook offs over the 4th of July holiday. Both benefit local charities (including the Marathon Volunteer Fire Department).

  • Cowboy Chili Cook Off

  • Mustang Chili Cook Off

– CASI rules apply.
– Participation is open to anyone over 18 years of age.
– Entry fee is $25.00 for each cook, each day.
– Meat used for preparing the chili is limited to GROUND MEAT ONLY.
– Judging will be held at the Post Park.

Don’t forget the Annual 4th of July Dance – also held at the Post Park on the same night (Saturday, July 7, 2018).

For more information, contact Betty Ramirez by phone at 432-294-0608 (cell) or email [email protected].

4th of July Dance

4th of July Dance


DATE: July 7, 2018

LOCATION: Post Park (Fort Peña Colorado Park)

Please join us for the Annual Fourth of July Dance and BBQ at Post Park (aka Fort Peña Colorado Park). This is one of the most popular events in Brewster County as well as having the distinction of being the longest running (over 100 years!). It is held every year at the Post Park on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July.

All proceeds benefit the Marathon ISD Booster Club.

The weekend of the 4th of July Dance coincides with the Annual Chili Cook-Off, also being held at the Post Park this year.


BBQ starts at noon until 3:00pm

Dance begins at 9:00pm until 1:00am

For more information, contact Coy Gonzalez at the Marathon school (432) 386-4431 or email [email protected].

Marathon Songwriters Festival

Marathon Songwriters Festival


Hosted by The Gage Hotel Marathon, TX

Intimate performances by five master songwriters in a setting that exudes luxurious comfort and charm surrounded by a landscape that captivates and inspires–

welcome to the Marathon Songwriters Festival.

Quilt Show

Quilt Show


DATE: September 8, 2018 (Saturday)

LOCATION: Marathon Community Center

Enter a quilt in this fun competition or come enjoy the talent of our local quilters and crafty ladies. The Crafty Ladies’ group and other entrants will be displaying, competing, and selling quilts and other arts and hand made crafts. Door prizes will be awarded.

Event is FREE for viewers and you get to vote on your favorite!


  • Ribbons for 1st through 3rd place will be awarded in each category. Categories are divided into hand-quilted and machine-quilted. A “Grand Champion” ribbon chosen by the judges, as well as “People’s Choice” ribbon through popular ballot by attendees will be awarded.

  • Quilts must be registered between 10:00 a.m. and no later than 12 Noon, with no exceptions, on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Quilt Show will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

  • A $2.00 entry fee will be charged for each quilt entered.

  • All entries must be clean, odor-free and in good condition.

  • We ask that quilts entered in previous Marathon quilt shows not be entered again.

  • We will display as many entries as space will allow. Please note that the categories have been reduced to six this year. Please refer to “Marathon Quilt Show Categories” (below) to review the list.

  • The greatest of care will be taken to insure the safety of all quilts; however, we will not be responsible for loss, theft or damage to any entry. It is the responsibility of quilt show contestants to monitor their own entries during the show.  

  • Please do not submit any items that require special handling.

  • Quilts must REMAIN ON DISPLAY with no exceptions until 3:30 p.m. to allow the public to view the winning quilts and to photograph quilt show winners.  

Hand-quilted and Machine-quilted will be noted at registration for each category and numbered accordingly.

  1. VARIETY QUILTS (please note that this category encompasses traditional, contemporary, theme and pictorial quilts in all sizes).

  2. CHILDREN’S QUILTS (also includes baby quilts, all sizes)

  3. TIED QUILTS (any size)

  4. EMBROIDERED QUILTS (any size)



If you want to display quilt tops or antique quilts, we will hang them for you, but they will not be judged.

If you have any questions, please call Jodie Freeman at 214-415-1994.

West Fest Cabrito Cook-Off

West Fest Cabrito Cook-Off


DATES: September 28 – 29, 2018

LOCATION: Post Park (Fort Peña Colorado Park)

Come and join us for one of Marathon’s most popular events, the West Fest Cabrito Cook-off and Dance!

Awards and cash prizes for:



  • Registration at Post Park starts at 6pm

  • Steak Social in the evening

  • Live music and dancing: Target Altuda from 5pm – 8pm  |  Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Starsfrom 9pm – 12am


  • Registration at Post Park starting at 8am

  • “Calcutta Competition” with proceeds split between the winner and the MVFD

  • Games all day: cake walk, washers, egg toss, bouncy house / water slide (weather permitting)

  • Live music and dancing: Target Altuda from 4pm – 7pm  |  Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Starsfrom 8pm – 12am

  • Auction at 9pm

Cooking competitors can get forms on-line at or pick up forms in-person at J & G Service Station, The Gage Hotel, the post office, or Marathon Volunteer Fire Department.

Entrance by donation. All proceeds go to the Marathon Volunteer Fire Department.
Contact Brad Wilson at [email protected] or 432-386-5414.

M2M – Marathon to Marathon

M2M – Marathon to Marathon


DATE: October 27, 2018 (Saturday)

LOCATION: Marathon, Texas

For a few hours in a little town in the middle of West Texas, almost 500 racers bring everything they have to a race called the M2M. Whether you’re looking for that fast Boston Qualifier, or just a more relaxed race, look no further! Dry, cool, high desert climate, gradual downhill, spectacular scenery, low traffic, and a downhill to the finish line where you can really pour it on! The M2M is a USATF Boston Marathon qualifying race.

Races include a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K. Information and registration at

CASI Chili Cook-Off

CASI Chili Cook-Off

The 52nd Annual CASI Chili Cook-Off Championship returns to Rancho CASI de los Chisos!  Join us for the world’s largest outdoor food contest! Each year on the first Saturday of November, CASI holds the ultimate celebration of Chili.  This monster of all chili cook – offs is held at Rancho CASI de los Chisos in Terlingua, Texas.  Rancho CASI is location on the North side of Highway 170, eleven miles West of Study Butte and 7 miles East of Lajitas. 

Monday, Oct 29

  • Rancho CASI de los Chisos officially opens

Tuesday, Oct 30

  • Cooking for CASI Chili Cookoff

Wednesday, Oct 31

  • Vendor’s Set Up
  • Ladies’ Rosebud Party
  • Men’s Tequila in Terlingua Party

Thursday, Nov 1

  • Adopt -a-Highway Trash Pick Up
  • Memorial Service at Memorial Plaza – 7:00 pm
  • Casey Pilgreen Band – Main Stage – 8:00 11:00 pm
  • Blue Kountry Band – Krazy Flats – 11:00 – ????

Friday, Nov 2

  • Officially raising of the flag – Terlingua School Honor Guard
  • Performance by Terlingua Band and Folk Dancers
  • Scholarship Day International Championships
    • ​Buffalo Hot Wings
    • Beans
    • Traditional Salsa
    • Non-Traditional Salsa
  • Casey Pilgreen Band – Main Stage – 8:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Blue Kountry Band – Krazy Flats – 10:00 – ?????

Saturday, Nov 3

  • Arena Open for cooks – 6:00 am
  • Bloody Marys – Front Porch Friends of CASI building – 8:00 am
  • Judges Check In – 11:30 am
  • CASI International Championship judging begins – HIGH NOON
  • Blue Kountry Band – Krazy Flats – 8:00 pm
Dia de los Muertos – Terlingua

Dia de los Muertos – Terlingua

Come celebrate the Day of the Dead in Terlingua! It’s a Terlingua tradition to meet at sunset on November 2nd at the Historic Cemetery in the Terlingua Ghost Town to light candles and make offerings to loved ones long past, remember old friends and make new ones as everyone visits and honors those who’ve gone before them.

Come experience a local tradition that is as unique as Terlingua itself.





Fiesta de Noche Buena

Fiesta de Noche Buena


DATE: December 1, 2018 (Saturday), 5:00 – 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Along Main Street, Marathon, Texas

Experience true small town holiday spirit by joining us on Saturday, December 1, 2018 for Marathon’s annual Fiesta de Noche Buena. Main street merchants extend their hours for this charming outdoor street festival which kicks off the holiday season. Come and enjoy:

  • Outdoor tree lighting

  • Children’s folklorico dancing

  • Caroling

  • Hay rides

  • Food and drinks

  • Live music

  • A visit from Santa

  • Best Christmas Lights tour and competition – prizes will be awarded!

  • Raffle fundraiser for the Marathon PTO

Local shops and galleries will be open. Please join in the celebration!