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.
The Winter Magic entertainment this year - EmiSunshine and Sonia Leigh.
EmiSunshine is also a talented musician who currently plays ukulele, banjolele, and mandolin while continuing to strengthen her vocal range. Her band consists of her daddy on bass guitar, her uncle Bobby on drums and percussion, and her older brother John on mandolin,plus an ever-changing cast of fellow friends and musicians. Randall graduated from MTSU with a degree in recording engineering and currently does sound for several east Tennessee venues as well as owns and operates Hamilton Sound & Recording. Bobby has played drums professionally for over 15 years traveling with several different bands. He organized and founded a music ministry in Charlotte, NC for several years. As a senior in high school John won a Grammy as a member of the Hiwassee Dam Steel Pan Band. He's a multi-instrumentalist and a true artist himself, who relishes the role of big brother.
Sonia Leigh has exploded onto the Nashville scene with her newest smash single, “Put It In Your Pocket” which debut on Sirius XM Radio, 59, The Highway on July 1st 2014. Sonia relocated to Nashville October 2012 from her longtime home of Atlanta, Ga., and quickly began captivating Nashville audiences with her own special brand of female attitude modern country. Her newest single drives you into the very heart of summer time fun, friends, and living life in the moment.
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.