Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Chili Cook-Off Materials

Event Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Chili Team Entry Deadline–with Cooks Bag–is OCT. 9

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

The festival opens at 10:00 a.m. with live music from the Toe-tappin' music stage on Second St. The Marketplace is full of shopping opportunities seasonal locally grown (and produced) food products and a wide variety of handcrafted wares made by talented regional artists. Too hungry to wait for chili sampling? Our food vendors will be ready and waiting to serve you delicious food starting at 10:00 a.m.

Chili sampling starts at 12:30 and goes to 2:30–or until the chili runs out!!

Tasting wristbands go on sale at NOON–get in line early! There are two wristband tents, bring cash! $5 gets you a sampling wristband, 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 great festival food, and an artists/farmers market starting at 10:00 a.m.

Buy a frosty beer at the Gazebo Terrace Beer tent

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. 

10:00 a.m. The Nathan Sheppard Band
11:00 a.m. The Justin Huff Band
12:00 p.m. Silver Strings Bluegrass
1:00 The Lucky Jones
2:00 Pickled Holler
3:00 Chris, Jon, and Scott

Enjoy lots of fun stuff with the kiddos

And, last but not least, join us to cheer on the chili winners–announcements at 3:30 ('ish) from the Pavilion stage

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

Chili Cook-off poster