DLDA calling for Chili Cook Off participants

Contributed report

September 4, 2014

The 24th annual Chili Cook Off is just around the corner, and it’s time for those who want to enter their chili in the Halloween-time event to start signing up.

Sponsored again this year by the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, the cook off will take place on Lafayette Square on Oct. 25. Historically, the event typically draws over 1,500 people to downtown LaGrange.

“It is a fun, family-friendly event and is a great way for local groups to raise funds and increase public awareness about their charities and causes,” said Barbie Watts, director of the DLDA.

Attendees purchase a $5 ticket for the chance to sample a variety of chili and cast a vote for their favorite. Professional chefs also will be judging the chili to select the Best Overall Chili winner. The first place winner will receive $300 for their charity or cause.

There is also the opportunity for Cook Off participants to earn $200 for the Best Decorated Booth and $200 for the People’s Choice Award for Best Chili. All Cook Off entrants will earn some money just by participating, as the proceeds from the ticket sales will be equally divided among them, after the event expenses have been covered.

The Downtown LaGrange Development Authority has opened the event up to local groups and nonprofit organizations in the community that need to raise funds for their cause.

There are 25 openings in the competition and the DLDA welcomes applications from other local groups such as youth groups, churches, booster clubs and traveling sports clubs that are interested in participating in this LaGrange fall tradition. Through the years, many local organizations have found that the Chili Cook Off also serves as a great team-building opportunity for them as they plan and work the event together, Watts added.

For more information, contact Watts at 706-298-4534 or