Reporting by WVUA 23 Reporter Jack Kane

The 13th-annual Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cookoff was held Feb. 9 and hundreds came to eat and support a good cause.

“All of our money that we raise goes to community service projects such as child abuse prevention, youth community, and honoring America.” Glen Smith, chairman of the event, said.

The event had live music and 30 teams aiming to bring home the title of best chili. The competition was fierce and only the best could survive the heat.

“We started this morning, you know, at 7 a.m. cooking, sweating,” David Kindred of Red Hot Chili Bankers said. “The real thing that differentiates our chili today is a little bit of kick in the chicken, spices and sweet all mixed in together. So we’re really proud of that. It’s been passed down for the last 13 years we’ve been doing it.”

Prizes are not only awarded for having great chili, but exhibiting theatrics and presentation.

“Not only do we give awards for best chili, we also give awards for best showmanship, and costumes, and booths,” Smith said.  “A lot of good spirit here and a lot of people dressing up, so it makes it more festive, we think.”

Costumes ranged from Dorothy to aliens from outer space, but the real star of the event was the chili.

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