Feel and smell the chili in the air

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 29, 2010

NATCHEZ — Cooler temperatures have arrived just in time to make chili tasty.

And the organizers of the Broadway Bash Chili Cook Off are ready to fill your order.

The annual fundraiser for the Natchez Children’s Home will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the bluff.

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“We’re looking forward to a great turnout,” director David Gammill said.

The event will feature 20 chili teams cooking up dishes for tasters. Anyone can purchase a chili tasting kit for $5.

The deadline to sign up to cook is at 6 p.m. today.

The chili cook off, Gammill said, is a community event for families and area residents.

The Krewe of Fat Mama’s is hosting the cook off for its second year.

Other events at the cook off will include a costume contest for humans and animals and a casket race, both of which will be starting sometime between noon and 1 p.m. The casket race, as well as the costume contest, was very popular at last year’s cook off, Gammill said.

“Last year, everyone showed up in costumes,” Gammill said.

Also for entertainment there will be a celebrity dunking booth featuring local “celebrities”, Dr. Danita Weary, Tonja Butler, Cindy Idom, Eddie Walker, Judge Jim Blough, Supervisor Daryll Grennell, Mayor Jake Middleton, Candice Brashier, Dick Thompson, Stan Owens, Mark McCann and Geoff Iles.

A deer stand will also be raffled off at the event.

“Bowie’s will open a little earlier for us this year to provide some ‘liquid fuel’ to the chili teams and the participants,” Gammill said.

The Chili Cook Off has supported the Natchez Children’s Home for more than 20 years

“The Krewe of Fat Mama’s wanted to host the cook off to help out. It’s a good way to contribute,” Gammill said.