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Posted on: September 19, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Think you make the best chili in Holly Springs? Prove it!

If you think you make the best chili in Holly Springs, here’s your chance to prove it to your friends and neighbors. The Holly Springs farmers market will host the fifth annual Chili Cook-off Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and registration is open for amateur and professional teams.

“We are excited to host the fifth annual Chili Cook-off,” said Jeff Jones, senior planner with the Town Department of Planning & Zoning, which manages the farmers market. “It’s one of the best-attended events of the farmers market season. It’s a great community gathering for Holly Springs with free chili samples, live music, and fun for families and friends.”

This year’s event is expected to bring a record crowd and will feature music by Shelby Merchant. Amateur teams compete for a top prize of $150 cash while professionals compete for bragging rights and an engraved plaque announcing they make the best chili in Town. A panel of three celebrity judges vote for the top prizes in both categories, and farmers market patrons sample and select the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Chef Michele Strom, Holly Springs 2012 Citizen of the Year Larry O’Neal and WRAL reporter/anchor Brian Shrader are this year’s celebrity judges.

The Chili Cook-off is a family-friendly event, and admission and chili samples are free. This year’s Chili Cook-off is sponsored by 12 Oaks and the Primrose School at Holly Grove.

The deadline for team registration is Oct. 3. Click here for an application or call (919) 567-4010 for more information. Registration is limited to Holly Springs residents and establishments.

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