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Manchester chili cook-off set for Oct. 13

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The Third Annual Manchester Fire and Rescue Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for 12-4 p.m. Oct. 13 on the downtown square in Manchester.

This year the funds from the event will go to the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, a non-profit organization that provides a child-focused facility in a safe, neutral location.

“We are very excited to be able to help support the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center,” said Manchester Fire and Rescue Department Chief Charlie Taylor. “The first year we helped support the Muscular Dystrophy Association and last year’s proceeds went to the Manchester Fire and Rescue Firefighter’s Association. By supporting the Children’s Advocacy Center, we know that the money will be spent locally by helping children. Now that is a win-win situation.”

The chili cook-off is being sponsored by Marcrom’s Pharmacy, United Regional Medical Center, First Call of Nashville and a private donation in the memory of the late assistant chief Rod Ballard. All trophies are donated by Logos, Awards, and More.

“We got a late start getting organized this year but we are up and running and excited about this year’s event,” Taylor said. “We are really appreciative to all of our sponsors. I have also spoken to Cracker Barrel, Logan’s, and O’Charley’s and they have agreed to provide the containers that the chili will be served in.”

Just like the previous two years, all teams will be competing for prizes in three categories – Best Overall, Best Presentation and People’s Choice. Each winner will receive a custom made trophy and $500. There is no entry fee for the event but a $25 donation from each team is requested.

“All we ask is that each team make a $25 donation which will go to the Children’s Advocacy Center,” Taylor said. “The real money is made when individuals purchase spoons for $5. With that spoon they get to sample each team’s chili.

“The prizes have not changed so each category still wins $500 and a trophy,” Taylor added. “The Best Overall is judged by a panel of judges. This is blind judging which means the judges do not know which team’s chili they are sampling.”

Taylor explained the other awards for the event.

“The Best Presentation is also judged by the judges and consists of the decorations and chili presentation of each team’s booth,” he said.” In the past, there have been a wide variety of themes for the booths. It is really left up to the teams how they want to decorate. The final award, the People’s Choice Award, is decided by individuals that purchase a spoon then vote for the People’s Choice Award.”

Team registrations and rules and additional information may be obtained at the Manchester Fire and Rescue at 1509 Hillsboro Blvd. or by calling 728-2999.

“We would like to top last year’s team total of 29 this year,” Taylor said.

Interested individuals can visit or call the fire department or email at