Smith's Bayou Chili Cookoff to benefit senior center

Tribune file photoEntrants in a previous Smith's Bayou Chili Cookoff pose in their decorated booth.

FERRYSBURG — The 13th annual Smith’s Bayou Chili Cookoff is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, and it will be a benefit for Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging.

The chili sampling starts at 1 p.m. on a block-long stretch of Cecilia Lane, off 168th Avenue near Smith’s Bridge in Ferrysburg. Judging begins at 1:30 p.m. and awards will be presented at 4 p.m.

The public is invited to sample the contest entries. Tickets are 50 cents each or three for $1. Categories include Hot & Spicy, Meek & Mild and White Chili.

Cooks/contestants are still being sought and may enter by the Aug. 18 deadline. The entry fee is $15.

Winners will be selected in each category. There will also be People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners. 

For more information, call Rebecca Hopp at 616-893-8553, or send an email to There is also a Facebook page: Smith’s Bayou Chili Cookoff.

In case of bad weather, the cookoff will be held during the same time period the following day.

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