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1st Friday hosts 2nd annual Chili Crawl

AMERICUS — On Friday, Jan. 5, Americus will hold its monthly “First Friday” downtown-wide open house. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with most shops and businesses staying open until 8 p.m. “First Friday After Dark” continues the festivities into the night after 8 p.m.
Chefs, cooks, and the average Joe are excited to present their best chili recipes at the 2nd Annual Chili Crawl this Friday. Each entrant will be bringing 5 gallons of chili which will enable them to serve over 300 tasters.
Each chili stop will have scorecards for tasters to judge all the different chilies on its appearance, taste, and texture. A “People’s Choice” Traveling Trophy will be awarded to the best chili chef to display/hold onto for approximately one year. Americus Main Street will be giving away Downtown Dollar prizes to the top three chili winners! Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st place, $100 in downtown dollars and traveling trophy to display at the winning location; 2nd place, $50 in downtown dollars; and 3rd place, $25 in downtown dollars! Our 2017 winner was “Cirkus Chili” by The Hooks Agency; let’s see who will be our winner for 2018!
This event is free and open to the public. Chefs will begin setup at 3 p.m. and tasting will begin at 5 p.m. This event will be occurring during First Friday, from 5-8 p.m. Therefore, attendees can also take advantage of great shopping deals, listen to live music, and view art demonstrations all while tasting some great chili.
This event is organized by Americus Main Street and the City of Americus. One of the goals of our organization is to cultivate downtown Americus’ economic and cultural enrichment by providing a platform for entertainment and social engagement to the general public on a regular basis.