The Marion County Chili Cook-Off will return to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion this Saturday for its 41st installment.
The family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion (2232 NE Jacksonville Road), and local businesses and organizations will compete to see who has the best chili in Marion County.
Chili samples will be available at each team’s booth, and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite chili and booth. The event will also include craft beer, a car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a children’s area featuring carnival games and crafts, and music by DJ Rocket.
Since 1981, the Marion County Cook-Off has served as an annual fundraiser to benefit The Cornerstone School. According to the school, its mission is to hold a community event that emphasizes tradition, food, family, and fun, while creating relationships between businesses and organizations in Marion County.
Admission to the event is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students with ID, and free for children ages 3 and under. The funds that are raised throughout the event will be used for The Cornerstone School’s general needs, including technology, safety, and school-wide improvements.
For more information, visit the Marion County Chili Cook-off website or contact The Cornerstone School at 352-851-8840.