WINNERS OF THE 16th ANNUAL CHILI COOK off
Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is pleased to announce the winners of the 16th ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF on O’Neal Plaza in historic Downtown Douglasville, on Saturday, October 20th. This year the popular annual fundraiser was attended by more than 3,000 participants, slightly fewer than in the previous two years. The event was held in conjunction with the City of Douglasville Rogue Runners Moonlight Run and following many new events throughout the day in the “Octoberfest,” supported by the City.
Our panel of celebrity judges – Ronnie Ackerman, Johnny Cain, Jerry Frost, Marge Frost, John Sell and Chris Pumphrey – deliberated with great care while judging which of the 25 chili cookers would be awarded the coveted “Best Tasting” prize. This year’s award was presented to first-timer Miller-Hightower for Marsi Thrash’s delicious, hearty chili; Gold’s Gym placed second and City Councilmen Dennis McLain and Marc Adams took third place. CAC Board members Jerry Leath, Linda Britt and Mack Porter were assisted by GreyStone Power’s Ashley Kramer in judging the “Best Decorated Booth” competition with top honors going to long-time participant Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel; second place was awarded to first-timer Omega Learning Center and third to Douglas County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Worthan. A regular prize-winner Randy Daniel also won the highly competitive award of “Most Sold” again this year with Tom Worthan in second place and first-time competitor Douglasville Gymnastics and Cheerleading taking third.
The Children’s Halloween Costume Contest proved more popular than ever, and our panel of judges –CAC Board member and Arts Education Committee Co-Chair June Keen, Presenting Sponsor Stephanie Bleakley, CAC Board member and Douglas County Schools Renee Davis, and CAC Board member Pat Smith – faced tough decisions in awarding prizes for most creative costuming, but every child was a winner at the 2012 Chili Cookoff! Prizes were awarded in three age-groups: for the kindergarteners and younger, the prize-winner was Blakely Lester who came as a butterfly, for elementary school students, Bob Frutoz appeared as a “nerd,” and for middle and high school students, Aurora Casteel was an “anime Butler.” Runners up included Mattie Smith, Carter Howland, Anna Bartlett, Jordan Davis, Chloe Cowan and Jordan Thrash.
The proceeds from this sold-out family fun event benefit the cultural arts Council and its educational outreach programming including arts in afterschool initiative, artists in our schools program, and spring and summer art camps; the monthly exhibition program at the Cultural Arts Center; and the CAC’s popular free spring and fall concerts series, also presented on O’Neal Plaza in Douglasville’s historic downtown.