Jamison Hooks Staff Writer
Secret home recipes and picture perfect weather lured impressive numbers of Morgan County residents and visitors from afar to The 10th Annual Madison Downtown Chili Cook-off. “It’s hard to keep track of how many people came out but I’d say there were about 1500 to 2000 people who attended this weekend,” said Special Events Coordinator Colleen Hall on the impressive crowd at Saturday’s event. The day was filled with activities for all. Face painting and bounce houses for the kids and chili sampling and shopping for the adults, all of which were complemented by the cool fall air. “I think the beautiful weather this weekend helped us attract our biggest crowd yet,” said Hall. Visitors’ eager to sample some chili purchased their wristbands and got to it. The Chili Cook-Off had a vast array of teams competing across several different categories. “We sold 600 tasting wristbands lickety-split – thanks to everyone that came out and tasted, and we apologize to anyone that missed the chance. More teams mean more chili (and more tasting), so consider forming your own team in 2015!” stated Hall. Event goers were anxious to cast their votes for the People’s Choice Chili Winner, which went to Amici Italian Café. The OPEN Chili Winners were 1st place Jerry Cobb of Woodstock, 2nd place Blue Springs Smokers of Madison, and 3rd place Donna Cobb of Canton. In the C.A.S.I. Chili contest 1st place went to Donna Cobb of Canton, 2nd place Jerry Cobb Chili of Marietta, 3rd place to Faded Love Chili Co. in Big Canoe, and the showmanship award went to Little Beans of Watkinsville. Pete ‘No Mustard’ Scuderi was the winner of the Krystal Chili Pup Eating Contest and Ashley Rhoades took home the prize for the Traditional Cornbread Contest while Jamie Jones won the Non-Traditional Cornbread Contest. Until next year, it’s back to the drawing board for those looking to take home the top prizes in Madison’s Downtown Chili Cook-off.