Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival

Saturday, October 13, 2018

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10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join the fun at Madison's 14th 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 (in blue box) for FAQs about categories
  • Sample lots of great chili from 12:30-3:00 (or until the chili runs out!) Tasting wristbands go on sale at NOON – $5 (a percentage of the proceeds will support our Volunteer Fire Department). YOU help decide for the coveted People's Choice Chili award!
  • 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)
  • Sorry, no Homemade Cornbread Contest this year–save those recipes for next year!
  • 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. Listen to: 10:00, Poncho Mac
  • 11:00 Carrie Bowen Band 12:00, Silver Strings Bluegrass • 1:00, Joe Willey & The Movin' Men • 2:00, Angela Easterling Duo
  • 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

1st Place - 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!