Anyone with chili-cooking prowess is asked to come cook their special recipe Saturday for the third annual Chilly Chili Cook-Off.
The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Evans Towne Center Park.
“You don’t have to be a business or a pro chili-cooker,” said Kelly Garcia, an event organizer and office manager for the organization. “If you think you’ve got a good recipe and you want to join, it’s just fun.”
The family-friendly festival is a fundraiser for Champions Made from Adversity, an organization aimed at helping advance the lives of those with physical disabilities through sport and leisure activities.
Founded in 2007, the organization runs multiple programs for about 150 participants including swimming, archery, basketball, rugby, cycling, goalball and golf.
“Our motto is same sport, different way,” Garcia said. “Every sport you can do in a wheelchair.”
Garcia said nearly 30 cooking teams joined the last cook-off held in December 2012. She hopes to have about 35 this year.
All teams or individuals need to prepare 5 gallons of chili and will be entered in the Kitchen Sink and People’s Choice category. They’ll get a 10-foot square spot to set up and cook.
“Kitchen sink, anything goes,” Garcia said. “Any kind of meat. Any kind of filler.”
Those who want to participate in the event as a Chili Appreciation Society International event must follow CASI rules and can earn points.
The 2012 event raised more than $17,000.
“The sky is the limit,” Garcia said, adding that all proceeds go toward programs for the disabled. “We would hope to raise at least what we did last year.”
Admission is $5 and children under 12 get in free. Admission includes chili tasting and a vote for People’s Choice.
“All the tasting is free,” Garcia said, adding that other refreshment vendors also will be at the event. “Once you get in, you don’t have to pay for each taste.”
The event also includes demonstrations of wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
“To see what they do, how they play, how they’ve made it their sport,” Garcia said of the demonstrations that start at 1 p.m.
Guests also can register to be chosen to try a half-court free throw from a wheelchair to win a 2014 Ford Fusion, provided by event sponsor Fairway Ford. The free throw contest will be at 1:30 p.m.
A live auction led by a professional auctioneer will include a variety of items from massages, oil changes and restaurant gift cards to memorabilia signed by the cast of 24, Taylor Swift and One Direction.
“We are all over the board,” Garcia said of the auction items that also include a whale-watching trip to Seattle, a trip to Washington D.C., a Nascar Experience and a safari trip to Nairobi, Kenya.
“It’s going to be fun,” Garcia said. “It’s going to be a good time.”
Team or individual registration is $25 and $50 to include CASI. Business teams can register for $150 or $175 to include CASI.
Call (706) 364-2422 or visit www.cmfa.us.