Chilicook-offThe Thornapple Arts Council will host a chili cook-off fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Barry Community Enrichment Center (231 S. Broadway) to raise money for the Sue Drummond Scholarship Fund.

The event is open to individual entries, as well as business/organization entries, and there will be three awards given. A Judges’ Choice Award will go to one overall winner, who will receive a trophy. There will be a People’s Choice Award winner in the business/organization category that will also receive a fun trophy. The People’s Choice Award winner in the individual category will receive a $250 cash prize.

“We wanted to create a fall-themed activity for the community and raise money to support arts education,” said Megan Lavell, executive director of the Thornapple Arts Council. “We are working to increase our financial support for arts education, and this is sure to be a fun way to do it.”

Lavell said the chili cook-off will also have live music and there will be Michigan craft beer for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund.

The chili cook off is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. The admission will include 10 tasting tickets and two People’s Choice Voting tickets. Additional tasting tickets can be purchased at the rate of two tickets for $1.  Additional People’s Choice Voting tickets for $1 each.

The fee for each chili entry is $25, and chili can be prepared by teams of up to five people. The chili tasting period will last from 5 to 7 p.m. with awards being announced at 7:30 p.m. There will be music and socializing until 8 p.m.

This is the Thornapple Arts Council’s first chili cook-off, which is taking place the same weekend as Arts and Eats, a backroads food, farm and art tour that happens throughout Barry and Allegan counties.

Click link below to download and print the rules and registration form.

 Chili Cook-off registration