Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Chili Cook-Off Materials

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join the fun at Madison's 15th Annual Downtown (small-town) Chili Cook-off & CASI GA State Championship Open Cook-Off in Town Park. Chili teams compete in two categories with public chili sampling beginning at 12:30 sharp. Wristbands go on sale at two gates beginning at NOON. Sample, and then vote, for your favorite chili, shop the handmade/homegrown market, listen to great music at the toe-tapping music stage on Second St.. and enjoy a great day in Madison.

Things To Do

  • Compete in the chili cook-off: OPEN and CASI Competition categories (see the cook-off entry above for FAQs about categories
  • Sample lots of great chili from 12:30-2:30 (or until the chili runs out!) Tasting wristbands go on sale at NOON.
         A $5 ticket gets you a tasting cup, a spoon, and a People’s Choice ballot–that's right, YOU help decide the winners for the coveted People's Choice Chili awards!
  • Relax in the park with beer, great festival food, and an artists/farmers market starting at 10:00
  • Congratulate the chili winners–announcements at 3:15 ('ish) from the Pavilion stage
  • Compete in the Krystal's Chili Pup Eating Contest on the Pavilion at 1:40 (must be 18 years or older to compete)
  • Shop for locally grown produce, fall plants, and fabulous handmade arts and crafts by regional artists
  • Be entertained with live music at our Toe-tappin' {Music} stage on Second St. Watch for the 2019 music schedule to be posted here!
  • Enjoy lots of fun stuff with the kiddos

Contests & Awards

OPEN Chili Prizes
1st Place - $400 in cash, an official MDCC trophy and a gift
2nd Place - $200 in cash, an official MDCC trophy and a gift
3rd Place - $100 in cash, an official MDCC trophy and a gift

CASI Chili Prizes
1st Place - An official MDCC trophy, CASI points and a gift
2nd Place - An official MDCC trophy, CASI points and a gift
3rd Place - An official MDCC trophy, CASI points and a gift

Showmanship Award
OPEN Showmanship Award - A special MDCC trophy and a gift
CASI Showmanship Award - A special MDCC trophy and a gift

People's Choice Award
1st Place - A special MDCC trophy and a gift
2nd and 3rd place gifts

MDCC Chili-pup Eating Contest Award
1st Place - $25 in Madison Downtown Dollars, Krystal gifts, and a festival tee