Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff, Wednesday, November 12
Winter is an exciting and magical time in Gatlinburg, as millions of LED lights are switched on throughout the beautiful resort city on Wednesday, November 12 at the 25th annual Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff.
Set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the downtown Parkway, the Chili Cookoff will feature area restaurants, attractions, civic groups, retailers, banks, and public service agencies serving thousands of cups of chili as each participating group competes for a variety of awards.
Those attending are encouraged to vote for their favorite chili. These votes will be tallied to award the coveted People’s Choice Award to the most popular chili. A panel of judges will cast their votes for other awards, including: Best Presentation, Best Chili Apron, and Best Chili.
Excitement will really heat up with the popular hot-chili eating contest during the event. Contestants will consume chili with increasing levels of heat as the competition progresses.