The Chili Cook-Off is one of Franklin Tomorrow’s annual fundraisers and has become a favorite feature of Pumpkinfest. As Chili Cook Off Chairman Lisa Gregory says, “In addition to enjoying great chili, we enjoy the team spirit and friendly competition of community groups, businesses, restaurants and non-profits who come together at this event as part of their commitment to our City and the work of Franklin Tomorrow.”
The 13 Chili Cook-Off Teams will cook to earn bragging rights for Best Chili, Best Booth Design, Team Spirit and The People’s Choice Awards. Winners will be announced throughout the day. Voting for The People’s Choice award ends at 2:30 p.m.
Competing this year will be first-time entrants AAA Auto Club South, Deer Run Retreat, First Community Mortage Inc, Vanderbilt Legends Club, 31 South Grille, Merridee’s Breadbasket, BooneDocks Distribution, Franklin Canoe & Kayak Company and previous winners Against the Grain 180 Program, VIP Williamson County Magazine, Franklin Firefighters Association L3758, Boxwood Bistro, and Franklin Men’s Club.
The general public is invited to participate and vote for their favorite chili. Tickets are available at the tent for $5 per person, which will include up to 13 samples of chili. Advance tickets include the chili samples and a free bottle of water. All of the teams are selling tickets early to earn the Team Spirit award. Advance tickets can be purchased through Wednesday, Oct. 27, and will also be available at Tennessee Commerce Bank, Taylor Made Smiles, RE/MAX Elite and Franklin Tomorrow.
Proceeds from this event benefit the programs and initiatives of Franklin Tomorrow, a non profit community visioning organization that has been in existence since 2000. For more information on Franklin Tomorrow or the Chili Cook-Off, contact the office at (615) 794-0998.