Chili and bluegrass, does it get any better in autumn?

We don’t think so!  That’s why you are cordially invited to join us at the Community Center @ AFC for our inaugural community chili cook-off!  It will be on Saturday, November 12th from 11 AM – 1 PM in the brand new, state-of-the-art Community Center.

The Rock Bottom Boys of Madison County will be joining us for the event and will be providing all of your bluegrass favorites.  Come try out the chili selections, browse our brand-new bookstore, and sip on some amazing coffee at the all-new Luna Coffee Bar?

Do you have children?  Now worries!  We will have stuff for them as well, including the creative space and indoor playscape in the new building.


Cost at Gate: $5.00

Admittance gets to put you in the best seat of all – the judging seat.  Upon payment, each attendee will receive tokens and be instructed to sample the chili recipes that most interest them.  After the attendee is satisfied with their samplings, they can vote by dropping their tokens at each stations respective recepticle.

Can’t decide? Additional tokens will be available to purchase to increase your favorite cook’s chances!

Sweet tooth?  No worries – we have you covered!  The youth will also be selling baked goods as part of the event to settle your cravings!


Local Business & Corporate Division Entry Fee: $75

Local businesses, now is YOUR chance to earn bragging rights!  Enter into the Local Business & Corporate Division category to participate in a friendly challenges with others in Madison County.  The winner of this division will receive rights to the traveling trophy for the year, a free catered lunch for their team, and free advertisement in the Community Center @ AFC for a whole year.

Amateur Division: $35

Do you have that special recipe passed down from older generations that is the envy of your friends?  Maybe the special ingredient that sets yours apart from the rest?  Then you are encouraged to join the amateur division!  Prizes awarded to the the top three finishers.




Contestants must register in advance.  No walk-ups will be accepted.

Traditional chili is defined as any kind of meats, cooked with chili peppers, spices and other ingredients.  Beans and pasta are permitted in this competition.  Competition chili must be made with one or a combination of beef, pork, and turkey meat only (no venison).  

Contestants should prepare no less than 6 quarts of chili for competition.

Clever Team Names are encouraged as are costumes, for the bold.

All cooking is to be done in a sanitary manner.  Suspicion of a ‘failure to comply’ could result in the removal of competition dish from the cook-off.

Contestants must sign-in at registration table upon arrival.

Chili must be prepared in advance and transferred to pans provided by The Community Center

The Community Center will provide ladles, sampling cups, and utensils for the competition.  Contestants are responsible for display and method of heating for their chili – chafing dishes, warming elements, crockpots are among what is accepted.

Chili must be warmed upon arrival. Chili is to be brought “ready to eat”

If you are using an ingredient that is a known allergen, you must clearly post it at your station BEFORE serving it.

The Community Center will provide common condiments such as: oyster crackers, shredded cheese, diced onion, and sour cream.

Contestants are responsible for the set-up and tear-down of their table.  Decorations, banners, hand-outs, and tents are permitted.