Willow Springs Neighborhood Park in Roswell to host chili cook-off

Benefits Drake House, Keep Roswell Beautiful

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ROSWELL, Ga. – On Saturday, Nov. 2, enjoy 20 variations of chili and support local nonprofit organizations at the fourth annual Williez Chili Cook-off. Come out and enjoy the fall weather at 2 p.m. in the Willow Springs Neighborhood Park, located at 10579 Roxburgh Lane in Roswell. Tickets are $3 per sample, or $20 for a value pack. There will be 20 teams competing for the top.

Celebrity judges include Sen. John Albers, Randy Switts, Kathy Swahn, Janet Lieberman and Eric “Freight Train” Vail. Proceeds will benefit the Drake House and Keep Roswell Beautiful.

In addition to the chili, the event will feature live music by the Free Byrds and Common Valor, a playground for children to enjoy and photo opportunities with the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders.

The chili cook-off started in 2010 when Willie Springz gathered a few of his friends for a chili cooking competition. The chili was so good that people paid just to have a taste of it, and Springz decided to donate the money to his favorite charities in Roswell. To date, this cook-off has raised thousands of dollars for the two nonprofits and served about 5,000 cups of the finest chili ever tasted. For more details, visit www.williezchili.com.

The Drake House offers emergency housing and education to local families headed by single mothers with minor children. For more information, visit www.thedrakehouse.org. Keep Roswell Beautiful works to educate, motivate and empower the citizens and businesses of Roswell in the beautification, conservation and preservation of our environment. For more information, visit www.keeproswellbeautiful.org.