The 12th Annual Chili for Children Cook-Off returns to Vicksburg this Saturday, with a new location and new motivation to help local organizations.
Instead of taking place on the grounds of Bally’s Casino as it has in the past, the event will take place at Washington Street Park in downtown Vicksburg. The change of venue is something that event organizer Sabrina Lynn of The Radio People said she hopes will attract more attendees than ever before.
“COVID hit in March 2020, so we had one in 2020, but we didn’t have one in 2021. It’s the first time we’ve had it downtown, and we’re looking forward to a place different and who builds-in foot traffic,” Lynn said. “We’re looking for an attendance of 800 or more people.”
On Thursday, 15 teams signed up to compete for the grand prize, but Lynn said she expected a few last-minute entries. There are also over 60 volunteers who have signed up to help with the event, including employees from Grand Gulf, International Paper and other community partners.
All proceeds from the event will be split equally between Warren County Children’s Shelter and Jacob’s Ladder Learning Center.
“Every dollar you spend at the event goes directly to them because everything was donated,” Lynn said. “From the beer to the bowls and the napkins, everything was a community effort.”
Lynn said that, of course, none of the successes of Chilean cuisine would be possible without Bally’s Casino and his colleagues from The Radio People.
The 12th Annual Chili for Children Cook-Off is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 29 at Washington Street Park. The theme for this year’s event is Disco Inferno.
The cost to enter the contest is $50, which includes up to four team members. Additional team members cost $10 each. Competitor set-up begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
For more information, download the app from the event’s Facebook page or send an email to [email protected]