8th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off

is now in the history books!




The Blue Ridge Business Association is proud to announce that the Fannin Chamber of Commerce is a co-op partner with this event.


 Cook-Off will happen come rain, snow or shine so see you on Saturday.

Mark your calendars for entertainment, live music, ice sculptures and amazing chili! Buy a $10 Tasting Card to sample the competition and vote for the People’s Choice Award

Tasting cards will be sold from 11 am to 2:30 pm. 

All People’s Choice votes MUST be turned in by 3 pm.


An amazing display of individual and unique ice sculptures from the award winning, National Ice Carving Champion “Rock on Ice” including several ice carving demonstrations, in the park, during the entire event.

If you have additional questions please contact:

  • Cesar Martinez at 678-793-6645
  • Pam Fink at 706-258-2432

Things To Do:

  • Chili tasting and voting on the “Peoples Choice”
  • Wander around town looking for your favorite Ice Sculpture
  • Have a beer or glass of wine
  • Listen to Owl Creek Band

Owl Creek Band plays a wide mix of music each musician varied, but the group shared a real connection to the music. On a typical week, the group played Americana, Blues, Country and Classic Rock. Formed in Cherokee County, GA, our love of music, history, the outdoors, nature and wildlife came together in the name “Owl Creek Band”.



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Chili Contest  – and the winners are……….

The first four categories were judged by our esteemed panel of 5 Judges. Each chili was rated individually on 5 attributes: aroma, color, taste, texture and aftertaste. Judges gave each attribute a score of 1 to 10. There were a total of 250 points possible per contestant.

Individual Adult:

  • 1st: 176 points, #1 Grilling Gangsters, Ronald Williams
  • 2nd: 174 points, #16 Kelly Barton
  • 3rd: 153 Points, #10 Pit Stop Chili, Kevin Backus

Team Adult:

  • 1st: 175 points, #15 Boars Nesters
  • 2nd: 162 Points, #17 Merciers
  • 3rd: 155 points, #3 Chuck’s Moonshine

Civic Team:

  • 1st: 178 points, #8 Project Chimps
  • 2nd: 164 points, #4, Habitat for Humanity
  • 3rd: 129 points, #12 Hot House Missionary Church


  • 1st: 168 points, #2 Chester’s
  • 2nd: 166 points, #7 Blue Jeans
  • 3rd: 165 points, #9 Blue Ridge Brewery

People’s Choice Award

  • was determined by the public who tasted and submitted their ballot on their tasting cards.  934 tasting card ballots were submitted.

People’s Choice Award winner is Chester’s.


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Ice Sculpture Sponsors

Food Vendors

Event  Sponsors

Event Fees and Schedule:

  • Contestants must begin cooking no later than 8:30 am
  • Judging starts at noon
  • Event is open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Music from Owl Creek Band, noon to 5 pm
  • Chili tasting is from Noon to 3:00 pm
  • Awards ceremony begins at 4 pm
  • Tasting Cards are $10 – Taste each of the competitors and vote for People’s Choice Award.  (11 am to 3 pm)
  • Beer and Wine tickets are $6

Interested in Participating?

Click on the form that is relevant to your needs, print, complete and then email to us or mail to:

PO Box 2527
Blue Ridge, Ga 30513

You may include your check made payable to BRBA or click on the PayPal buttons below and pay online.

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Chili Contestant

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Food Vendor

Fire and Ice 2018

Would you like to help with this event?  Click here for the form.