Chili Cookoff changed to Sunday due to weather

Published 10:18 pm Friday, October 27, 2017

The weather outside is getting colder, making it the perfect time of year for a cup of chili, but it’s rain — not cold — that is causing scheduling problems for Chili Cookoff organizers.

The decision was made Friday afternoon to move the cookoff to Sunday due to a high chance of storms Saturday. The updated schedule has the gates opening at noon Sunday, with the chili cookoff taking place from noon until 3 p.m.

The costume contest will be held from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. and trick or treating will take place in the west parking lot of Sweetland Amphitheatre from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. Check the Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park Facebook page for any schedule updates this weekend.

The event will include 16 local teams, who are all raising money for various causes.

“It’s a great community event. The money we raise goes back to causes and charities in the community,” said Barbie Watts, director of Promotions and Marketing for the Downtown Development Authority. “Each of the teams select a cause or charity that they want to donate their earnings to and after the expenses of the event are deducted and the prize money is deducted, whatever profit is left over we divide that evenly among all of the chili cook-off participants, so everybody gets some money for being in the event. They donate to the charity of their cause.”

A $300 prize will be awarded for judge’s choice for best chili, $200 for people’s choice for best chili and $200 for people’s choice for best booth.

The teams competing this year are (cause in parenthesis): Allstar Heating & Air (American Cancer Society), American Medical Response/ Air Evac #77 (Twin Cedars Youth & Family services), Blessed Realty Group (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention & Awareness), Charter Bank (Harmony House), Children’s Dentistry of West Georgia (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Crohn’s & Colitis Research), F.L.I. Properties (Harmony House), GO Realty (Camp Viola), Golden’s Bike Shop (The Friends of The Thread), Jackson Dental (First Baptist Church), Dental Clinic Jackson Heating & Air (The Discovery Cottage), Kroger (Boy & Girls Club of West Georgia), Unity Baptist Church (UBC Children’s Ministry), Arrington Builders (HOPE for a Day), American Home Shield (United Way of West Georgia) and Waffle House #2223 on New Franklin Road (Boy Scout Camp Frank G. Lumpkin).

Fall festival games will be available, thanks to First Baptist Church on the Square. A free children’s costume contest will also be sponsored by WellStar West Georgia Medical Center and The Jungle Bus Book Mobile will also be on site for storytelling and tours.

Chili tasting tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Trick or treating will also be held for children 12 and under from 2 to 3 p.m. in the west parking lot of Sweetland Amphitheatre.

Other events this weekend include Wild Leap Brew Co.’s Frank N’ Steins Halloween Bash. The event will start at 7 p.m. and will last until midnight. It’ll include live music from Members Only, a costume contest, party favors and and franks on the barbecue from Karvelas Pizza Company.  Tickets are $10 if bought in advance and can be purched at

Reporter Gabrielle Jansen contributed to this story.