25th Annual Chili Cook Off was a festive celebration!

25th Annual Chili Cook-Off was a festive celebration!

Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/Douglas County hosted its 25th Annual Chili Cook Off on Saturday, October 23rd at O’Neal Plaza in Downtown Douglasville. Chili booths hosted by political candidates, local businesses, non-profits, and area service clubs competed for bragging rights of being the best tasting chili, the spiciest chili and the most sold chili.  The best decorated booth was also highly competitive and a costume contest for all ages was held as the crowd happily worked their way through hundreds of gallons of chili.

We had a great crowd milling about on the beautiful O’Neal plaza –and they were delighted to hear that the winners were:

Best Tasting Chili – The committee to elect Nycole Miller

Spiciest Chili – Douglasville Masonic Lodge #289

The Chili judging was done by Scott Lamphere of Gordon Food Services and Elena Hudson of Hudson’s Hickory House.

Best Decorated Booth – Committee to Elect John Rogers

The booth decorating judging was done by Kat Euliano with All in Auto Glass and Breezy Straton with Elevate Douglas.


Best costume infant – age 5 category was Vera Perkins “Witch”

Best costume 1st grade – 5th grade category was Eli Whitaker “Darth Vader”

Best costume 6th grade – 12th grade category was Emory Euliano “Spiderman”

Best costume adults category was Bret & Ansley Furness “Grease”


Monday after the event volunteers dutifully counted all the ticket stubs redeemed for chili and the tickets revealed that Most Sold Chili was the Douglasville Masonic Lodge #289.

The CAC in partnership with Keep Douglas County Beautiful was proud to present the 3rd Annual Scarecrow Contest in correlation with the Annual Chili Cook Off. The community was invited to decorate a scarecrow outside of the CAC and it will remain on display thru October 31st. The Scarecrow Contest offered cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and bragging rights, of course! This year’s winners were announced at the Chili Cook Off:

1st Place: Douglas County District Attorney, “Lady Liberty”, prize donated to the Douglas County Task Force

2nd Place: Gilda Goldstein, “Corvin S. Crow”

3rd Place: Aerie Sanders, “Whimsical Waters”