The Krystal Chili Pup Eating Contest gets underway at the 2013 Madison Chili Cook-off and Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5. Photo by Josiah Connelly

The Krystal Chili Pup Eating Contest gets underway at the 2013 Madison Chili Cook-off and Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5. Photo by Josiah Connelly

Chili Cook-off Winners

OPEN Chili First Place, Toe Jam Chili, Canton; Second Place, Amici Italian Café, Madison; Third Place, BJ’s Best Chili, Canton

CASI Chili First Place, BJ’s Best Chili, Canton; Second Place, House Of Horror Chili, Marietta; Third Place, Lynette Blair, Douglasville

Showmanship Award House of Horrors Chili, Marietta

People’s Choice Award Amici Chili, Madison

Cornbread Contest: Traditional Category Missy Moncrief, Got 2B Rollins Zombie Chili Rollers Team; Non-Traditional Category Randy Ross, FUMC Men Chili Team

Krystal Chili Pup Eating Contest Seth Welch

By Kathryn Schiliro, Managing Editor

The City of Madison’s annual Chili Cook-off and Fall Festival brought more attendees to Town Park for the midday event that ever before in its nine years in existence.

The city sold 600 wristbands in… 40 minutes.

It takes longer to cook a pot of chili.

The wristbands allowed sampling of chili at the booths of 22 teams, a number that’s lower than it has been in previous years, according to city Special Events Coordinator Colleen Hall. Funds from the sale of wristbands goes to pay for the event and to the volunteer fire department’s Education Fund, Hall said.

In addition to the team booths, there were seven other food vendors and 21 craft vendors on site, Hall said. There was also entertainment in the form of musicians Wesley Cook, E.J. Boyer as Elvis and Roxie Watson, a band out of Atlanta.

So, who were the winners?

Canton, Ga.-based Toe Jam Chili won the Open Chili category.

Also based in Canton, BJ’s Best Chili won the CASI Chili category. The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) is the official, sanctioning body of competitive chili cooking.

House of Horrors Chili out of Marietta won the Showmanship Award.

The People’s Choice Award went to Madison-based Amici Chili.

In the Cornbread Contest, there were eight entrants, “more than ever,” Hall said. Missy Moncrief of Got 2B Rollins Zombie Chili Rollers Team won the Traditional category, while Randy Ross of the FUMC Men’s Chili Team won the Non-traditional category.

And, with a stomach of steel, Seth Welch won the Krystal Chili Pup Eating Contest.

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