By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Chili Cook Off has grown from a modest event started in 2004 to an event attracting thousands of locals and tourists to our downtown,” said Ann Huff, Main Street Director. “We had a record number of chili teams and a huge public turnout this year! It’s events like this that make Madison such a special place to live, work and play.”
The appetizing scent of fresh homemade chili wafted through the heart of downtown Madison, as over a thousand attendees enjoyed the beautiful weather while tasting hot samples of over 30 batches of the best chili Madison had to offer. The day was filled with activities for all. Face painting and bounce houses for the kids, chili sampling and shopping,
In the OPEN Chili category, the Morgan County High School Cookdogs (culinary arts students) took first place. Bubba’s Chili prepared by Stanley Knox of Greensboro, Georgia took second place. Bubba’s and Cha Cha’s Chili, prepared by Veni Miller of Douglasville, Georgia, took third place.
In the C.A.S.I. Chili category, Faded Love Chili Co., prepared by Bill Heslop of Birmingham Alabama took first place. Fatty Blair’s Chili Emporium, prepared by Lane Blair of Douglasville won second place. Bubba’s & Cha Cha’s Chili, prepared by Veni Miller of Douglasville took third place.
In the People’s Choice Award category, Peak Steel Buildings, entered by Will George of Madison, won first place. Knox’s Bubba’s Chili won second place and Faded Love Chili Co., entered by Tom Carey of Hoover, Alabama, took third place.
The Morgan County High School Robotics Team earned a showmanship award. William ‘The Kid’ Magnum won the Krystal Chili Pup Contest. And in the Cornbread Bake-off, Ashley Potter won for best traditional recipe, while Toy Simms won for best non-traditional recipe.
“It was another great year,” said Huff during her report to the City Council. “We all should thank Colleen Hall who worked so hard to make this event a success once again,” said Huff.
Hall is the City’s special events coordinator.