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November 4, 2023

Ridge Ferry Park

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This fall, Ridge Ferry Park will be host to our second cook-off competition, Chili-Fest along with an arts and crafts festival.

The chili cook off is set for Saturday, November 4. Gates open to the public at 10:00 a.m. Chili sampling and voting takes place on Saturday.

The arts and crafts festival takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Entry to the event is free, but parking will be $5 per car. Sample bracelets are available for purchase the day of the event for $5.

Each bracelet comes with three voting tabs for People's Choice voting. The numbers on the tabs do not correlate to points.
It is simply vote 1, vote 2 and vote 3. Teams do not get points for the tickets labeled with the corresponding number.
Chili Teams

$50 per team. 
Cost includes four event t-shirts and four wristbands, one recipe entry.

You must purchase additional t-shirts if you need more than four. See registration form for pricing.

Porta toilets can be added to your cook site for a $100 fee. 

Registration ends October 23, 2023. Any registration after October 23 is not guaranteed an event t-shirt. T-shirt order will be placed October 24. Teams must be registered before Friday, November 3. No registration on Friday, Nov. 3 or Saturday, Nov. 4.

Awards Breakdown:
Judges' Competition:
1st place - $500*
2nd place - $300*
3rd place - $200*

*Prize money is calculated on a minimum of 15 teams. If less than 15 teams compete, prize money will decrease.*

People's Choice: Trophies & bragging rights.

Best booth set up: Certificate and recognition
Best team name: Certificate and recognition

All results and event photos will be posted to our Facebook page the week following the event. 

We are in the search for vendors for our chili cook off. Set up is Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

No Saturday set up, no exceptions. 

Vendor spots are first come, first serve on Friday. 

Vendors pay $50 for 12'x12' space, $75 for a 20'x20' space or $100 for a 30'x30' space.

Vendors needing power must provide own power, unless you are a food truck and we will accommodate best we can with what power sources we do have available. 

Beverage or food vendors/trucks pay $100 to set up and must set up Friday. 

There will be security over night.

For more info on being a vendor or competing in the cook off, email Lindsey Jones at 

Cook Off Info:

Vendor Info:

Chili Fest 2022 Winners:

Judges’ Category: 
1st – The Chili Pros 
2nd – Purdy Good Chili (entry #1)
3rd – Brothers From Other Mothers
4th – Rome Redbacks
5th – Outlaw Heifers
6th – Skip Dawg (entry #2)
7th – Papa Dew’s Chili
8th – Skip Dawg (entry #1)
9th – Chuckwagon Chili 
10th – Traveling Gypsies and Kava Den
11th - #RedWave2022
12th – Chil-N-Jones (tie)
12th – Purdy Good Chili (entry #2) (tie)
13th – M&M Automotive (entry #2)
14th – M&M Automotive (entry #1)

People’s Choice:
1st – Papa Dew’s 
2nd – Outlaw Heifers
3rd – The Chili Pros
4th – Skip Dawg
5th – Brothers from Other Mothers 
6th - #RedWave2022
7th – Purdy Good Chili
8th – Chuckwagon Chili 
9th – Chil-N-Jones
10th – Rome Redbacks
11th – Traveling Gypsies and Kava Den
12th – M&M Automotive

Car Show Winner:
Mike Patania

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