Chili Cookoff

2014 Chili Cook-off set for
Oct. 25, 2014, during Pumpkinfest

Franklin Tomorrow is making plans for the 12th annual Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, as part of Pumpkinfest in Downtown Franklin.

Last year, 14 teams competed in the event, which featured judging in both the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice categories, as well as a Booth Decor Award.

Taking the top prizes in both tasting categories in 2013 was Culver’s of Franklin, while Bob Parks Realty took the Booth Decor Award.

Contestants must make 20 gallons of chili, which is served in two-ounce samples to the public. Teams competing in 2013 will be given first right of refusal for their event space and then additional teams may be added.

For more information, call 794-0998 or email

2013 Chili Cook-off set for Third Avenue South during Pumpkinfest

14 teams line up for competition

Franklin Tomorrow’s 11th annual Chili Cook-off is set for Saturday, Oct. 26,on Third Avenue South between Franklin City Hall and the Historic Courthouse.

Darrell Waltrip Automotive is once again a co-presenting sponsor for the event, which will feature 12 teams vying for the coveted People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Awards, as well as Best Booth Decor.

Teams ready to compete include Merridee’s Breadbasket; Clark Shelton for McCreary’s; Bob Parks Realty; Franklin City Club; Culver’s of Franklin; Franklin Firefighters Local 3758; Zolo’s Italian Restaurant; YOUR Williamson Magazine; 101st Airborne, 327th Battalion Bulldogs; Corner Pub of Franklin; Kimbro’s Restaurant; My Friend’s House; Brian Irvin for Team Transformations; and Franklin Noon Rotary BBQ Society.

Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. or the chili runs out! Beer will also be available under the food tent at the event, which is again located on Third Avenue South between the Historic Courthouse and Franklin City Hall.

Each tasting tray will contain 12, two-ounce samplings from the teams. A ticket for voting accompanies every tray. Hot dogs cooked by the volunteers from ATMOS Energy will be available, as well as drinks and chips and perhaps even dessert.

Other sponsors include First State Bank and Bob Parks Realty. Making an investment as additional sponsors are Taylor Made Smiles; ATMOS Energy; Cathy Marks State Farm Insurance; and Cherie and Dan Hammond.

Cheering us on are sponsors Kathie Moore, Crye-Leike Realtors; Kim Helper, 21st District Attorney General; Deana Hood, Attorney at Law; County Mayor Rogers Anderson; Judy Oxford, Attorney at Law; Rep. Charles Sargent; Rep. Glen Casada; Five Points Roofing & Construction; Savory Spice Shop; Rep. Jeremy Durham; 11th District County Commissioners Brian Beathard & Brandon Ryan; Tom Taylor for General Sessions Judge Committee; The TMA Group; and LeAnne Constantine Real Estate, ReMax Elite; Williamson Source; Williamson Herald; and YOUR Williamson.

Additional sponsorships are available and volunteers are needed to work the event. Sign up as a volunteer at

The 10th annual Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off, presented by Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group, was held Saturday, Oct. 27, as part of the Heritage Foundation’s annual Pumpkinfest celebration.

The Chili Cook-off featured 12 teams competing for bragging rights in the categories of Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, and Best Booth Décor in a new area — Third Avenue South between Franklin City Hall and the Historic Courthouse.

Taking the top honors in the coveted People’s Choice Category were the Franklin Firefighters Local 3758, followed by the Franklin City Club and New York Bagel Café and Deli in third place.

In the Judges’ Choice category, Clark Shelton for McCreary’s/MedKinetics took home the big trophy. Shelton had previously won the same trophy in 2009, but had not competed since that time. Finishing second in the Judges’ Choice category was Franklin City Club, followed by the Next Generation of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County.

Taking the trophy for Best Booth Décor was Bob Parks Realty, followed by Kimbro’ and finally, Franklin City Club.

Teams firing up their chili pots were Merridee’s Breadbasket, New York Bagel Café & Deli, Bob Parks Realty/Burger Up!, Clark Shelton for McCreary’s/MedKinetics, Next Generation of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, Zolo’s Italian Restaurant, Culver’s of Franklin, Franklin Firefighters Local 3758, Franklin City Club, The Daily Dish, Kimbro’s, and YOUR Williamson magazine.

Platinum support for the event was provided by Bob Parks Realty, Bell Historic Franklin apartment community and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. Additionally, Atmos Energy and First Farmers Bank were Silver sponsors.

Bronze sponsors included County Mayor Rogers Anderson; state Sen. Jack Johnson; state Rep. Charles Sargent; state Rep. Glen Casada; Kathie Moore, Crye-Leike Realtors; Alday Communications; Five Points Roofing; FirstState Bank; Brian & Lisa Beathard; The Frothy Monkey; District Attorney General Kim Helper; Brentwood Pediatrics; Judy A. Oxford, Attorney at Law; and The TMA Group.

In-kind sponsors included the Williamson Herald; Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon; O’More College of Design; and YOUR Williamson magazine.

Franklin Tomorrow is a community visioning non-profit that seeks to engage the community, foster collaboration and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. Learn more at our Web site, or call 794-0998.

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