Chili is typically typecast as a specialty food which firemen prepare, and their recipes are supposed to be able to dominate when put up against others.
The annual Emergency Service Chili Cook-off will be held at Bradley Square Mall, Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Cleveland Daily Banner Relay for Life team has opened the door for all emergency service groups to join in to try to take the crown from the firemen, but … this year’s event will have a twist.
“Due to the overwhelming response from the community who are not a part of emergency services organizations, we are expanding the cook-off for anyone else who wants to participate,” according to Angela Mathis, senior community representative of the American Cancer Society for this area.
This is a Relay for Life event and it was popular during its inaugural year in 2012.
“We will be there,” said Stan Clark of Bradley County Emergency Medical Service.
Clark said the BCEMS team of Jada Stewart and Ali Taylor will take his place this year, but he may decide to enter the competition on an amateur level.
Bradley County Fire-Rescue decidedly took the trophy for the Best Chili in 2012.
Mathis, of the ACS, said the barriers are down and all regional emergency service organizations are invited to participate.
The Collins Brothers Band and No One Special will provide entertainment.
The Disabled American Veterans Car Show will also be held during the event.
“We need chili cooks,” Mathis said.
Mathis also said there will be plenty of things for the kids to do as well.
“A number of individuals and emergency teams have committed, and we want more. So anyone who may have that winning chili recipe, come on and enter the competition,” Mathis said.
Tickets can be purchased at the Banner, the Chattanooga American Cancer Society office located on Shallowford Road or by calling 855-2778.
“The $5 ticket allows you to try each of the teams’ chili and vote on the People's Choice. There will also be a Judge’s Choice award for the best chili.
For more information about the chili cook-off or to enter a team, contact the American Cancer Society office at 423-855-2778.