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Douglasville/Douglas County CAC to host Chili Cook Off this weekend at newly renovated O’Neal Plaza

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This weekend, the Douglasville/Douglas County Cultural Arts Council will host the 21st annual Chili Cook Off at the newly renovated O’Neal Plaza from 6 to 9 p.m.

Renovations at O’Neal plaza began in February of this year. It was reported that the plaza was due for some much needed upgrades—including upgraded utilities, accessibility improvements, and the construction of a new fountain located closer to Church Street.

“The Chili Cook Off was the last event on the plaza and is the first event on the newly renovated O’Neal Plaza. The city has done a wonderful job. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on the new plaza Saturday night,” explained Emily Lightner, CAC Deputy Director.

Started in 1996 by CAC Executive Director Helen Meade, the annual Chili Cook Off is a combination of culinary competition, costume contest, and a chance to bring neighbors together.

Awards will be presented for Best Tasting, Best Vegetarian, Spiciest, Most Sold, and Best Decorated. In addition to the cook off, there will be a costume contest for both children and adults. Judges will award winners “Best Costume” from various age groups, while each child in costume will receive a goody bag.

Tickets for food and drinks can be purchased for $1 at one of two locations–on the plaza at Church Street or at Price and Broad Street. Proceeds from the Chili Cook Off will support exhibits and classes at the Cultural Arts Council, educational programs in schools, among other projects.

The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County is located at 8652 Campbellton Street. They are open Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the Cultural Arts Council at (770)949-2787.