“This is one of the signature events during the year which raises money for our Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation,” said George Gordon, public information officer for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety.
The foundation helps provide the department with public safety equipment that might not have been budgeted for and gives financial assistance to personnel during times of personal crises, such as an unexpected serious illness or injury of a family member or a fire at home.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Ticket holders get unlimited samples of the different chili varieties and also one hot dog or hamburger and one non-alcoholic beverage. Additional food can be purchased.
“We have over 20 teams preparing pots of chili this year,” Gordon said. “Someone will always make a unique batch in an effort to knock off the competition.
The chili may range from mild to nuclear, with many different flavors in between.”
He said the cook-off brings out the friendly competition between the police and fire departments.
“This is a fun event that will have public safety vehicle displays, music and a live broadcast of the Georgia-Florida game on a jumbo screen,” Gordon said. “There will be a bounce house for kids. This is a festive event which allows for [the public safety department] and the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation to develop partnerships and friendships with our valued community.”
Band members from Alpharetta High School and the University of Georgia’s Alumni Redcoat Band will play together to drum up the game day spirit. There will also be face painting for the kids.
Attendees are invited to bring their game chairs, blankets and foam fingers. There is no cost for entry onto the site to watch the game.
The chili tasting, music and children’s activities are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. while the game will start at 3:30 p.m. The festivities will take place downtown in the parking lot behind Smokejack BBQ on Old Roswell Street.
Tickets for the chili cook-off can be purchased at the Alpharetta Police Department at 2565 Old Milton Pkwy. or Sharp Shooters USA at 11261 Alpharetta Hwy. in Roswell. Those looking for tickets can also contact Officer Robert Wessel at firstname.lastname@example.org.