With events planned for the entire family, including Fido, the 22nd annual Chili Cook Off is promising to be a lot more than just delicious cauldrons of guarded secret recipes.
Although as the name suggests, chili is going to be the big draw for Saturday’s annual event at Lafayette Square in Downtown LaGrange, other activities also are planned. The Downtown LaGrange Development Authority is again sponsoring a host of activities.
Chef Henry Menard, culinary arts instructor from West Georgia Technical College, and chef Jeremy McCosh, LaGrange College’s food service manager, will be the guest judges to determine the first and second place winners for the best overall chili. For a $5 ticket – $3 for children ages 3 to 11 – attendees will be able to have the opportunity to taste all of the chili entries and then vote for their favorite.
Cook off participants also will be eligible to win the best decorated booth and the people’s choice award for the the best chili. Tasting and voting of the chili will be from 1 to 5 p.m. with the results being announced at the end of the festivities.
With Halloween just around the corner, a costume contest for children up to 12 years old will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. with registration for the event from 1 to 3 p.m. Downtown merchants will also be providing candy for the trick-or-treaters around the square from 1 to 3 p.m., or until the candy supplies last. There also will be additional attractions for children.
A pet costume contest and parade is set for 4:30 to 5 p.m. The LaGrange Troup County Humane Society will be awarding prize ribbons to the first, second and third place winners of the costumed pet parade. They will also be giving out ribbons for participation. Registration will take place between 1 to 3:00 at the LaGrange Troup county Humane Society booth on the Square.
The event provides funds for a number of different charities.