Perfect weather, tons of people, dozens of classic cars and numerous chili teams competing for the coveted championship belt populated Ridge Ferry Park on Saturday in the 2022 edition of Chili Fest presented by Courtesy Ford.
When the smoke cleared, quite literally, the Chili Pros were named overall champion and held aloft the championship belt. The judges’ competition proved super close as eight teams were separated by fewer than 10 points. Purdy Good Chili finished second and the chili from Brothers from Other Mothers finished third.
The People’s Choice voting tallied more than 1,700 votes and less than 15 votes
separated the top three teams. Papa Dew’s took home first in the People’s Choice voting followed by The Outlaw Heifers who took second and Chili Pros, who too took third.
The Outlaw Heifers repeated as Best Booth Set Up winners with their old western theme including the famous corn husk horse. Skip Dawgs took him the prize for Best Team Name.
The car show brought in more than 52 total vehicles and raised more than $1,300 for Floyd County Special Olympics and the Sheriff’s Santa Program. After super close judging, Mike Patania, took home the top prize at the car show.
While the car show and chili brought in a big crowd for Saturday, the vendors set up on both Saturday and Sunday allowed a lot of people to support local small businesses and get some early Christmas shopping done. A list of the vendors with their contact info can be found at rfpra.com/chilifest.