The event, which benefits the arts council, is set for Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. at O’Neal Plaza in downtown Douglasville.
Arts council board president Greg Williams said the board was pleased to announce John Bleakley Ford as presenting sponsor.
“Their generosity and public spiritedness is and will be much appreciated by the Cultural Arts Council and the community we serve — more than 43,000 people including 8,000 children and young people every year,” Williams said.
In addition to John Bleakley Ford, Chili Cook Off participants will include elected officials and candidates such as County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan and wife, Linda Worthan; Mayor Harvey Persons and Sherrie Persons; City Councilman Dennis McLain, who is seeking re-election; County Coroner Randy Daniel; County Tax Commissioner Todd Cowan; District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville; acting Superior Court Clerk Tammy Howard; City Council candidate Mike Miller; County Commissioner Mike Mulcare; City Council candidate Jay Smith; and City Councilman Larry Yockey, who is running for re-election.
Local businesses and organizations will include returning competitors Creekside Pines Senior Community, the Douglas County Lions Club, Estes Detailing and Fleet Washing, Gold’s Gym, Coldwell Banker, Junior League of Douglasville, BB&T bank and Grace Presbyterian Church. Newcomers will include the Douglas County Stingrays, Carole Parks Catering, The Marine Corps League, and West Georgia Technical College Culinary Department.
Last year more than 3,000 people joined in the festive evening of food and family fun.
In 2012 the coveted “Best Tasting” prize was presented to Miller-Hightower law firm. However, the “Most Sold” award went to the coroner, a longtime Chili Cook Off participant.
The “Best Decorated Booth” award also went to Daniel.
Many of the 2012 winners are returning this year as the competitors to beat during this sold-out event.
In the spirit of the season, a Children’s Halloween Costume Contest also will be part of the festivities. The contest will be judged at 6:30 p.m. in front of the O’Neal Plaza stage.