Reg­is­tra­tion is now open for an­nual TU Chili Cook-Off

Calhoun Times - - SPORTS SATURDAY - By Paul Diprima

I have had a lot of folks ask­ing about the Trout Un­lim­ited Chili Cook-Off re­cently, so here are some answers to some ques­tions.

The cook-off will be held Oct. 14 at Ridge Ferry Park. As usual, the gates will open to the pub­lic Saturday morn­ing at 10:30 a.m. and ad­mis­sion is $5 per per­son, with chil­dren 5 years old or younger al­lowed in for free.

This year as in the past two years there is a free park­ing area north of the rail­road tracks and the park­ing area ad­ja­cent to the cook­ing area will cost $5 per car.

We are still hav­ing the Fri­day night fes­tiv­i­ties for teams, team guests, spon­sors, spon­sor guests and TU per­son­nel. In or­der to be in the park on Fri­day night af­ter 8 p.m. all those in the park must be wear­ing the of­fi­cial TU Chili Cook-Off arm band. There are no ex­cep­tions to this rule and anyone not wear­ing the of­fi­cial arm­band will be re­quired to leave the park.

Team reg­is­tra­tion will be­gin Sept. 1 and will be done on­line at http://coosaval­ley.tu.org/. The fee has been in­creased to $50 per recipe en­tered.

A few years ago we elim­i­nated headaches for teams by hav­ing on­line reg­is­tra­tion. This process has been so well re­ceived that we have de­cided to add an ad­di­tional headache cure for the teams. This year we will al­low team lead­ers to pur­chase ad­di­tional arm­bands for their guests when they regis­ter on­line.

Teams get four arm­bands with each recipe en­tered. The only time a team can pur­chase ad­di­tional arm­bands on­line is when the team leader re­serves their cook site or sites.

Only at that time can the team leader get ad­di­tional arm­bands for $11 each by spec­i­fy­ing the num­ber of ad­di­tional arm­bands needed, pay­ing on­line with a credit card and en­ter­ing their full mail­ing ad­dress.

We must have the mail­ing ad­dress as that is how we will get the ad­di­tional arm­bands to the team leader.

We will not sell ad­di­tional arm­bands to anyone out­side of the reg­is­tra­tion in ad­vance of Oct. 13 ex­cept to our spon­sors. Ad­di­tional arm­bands will be avail­able for $10 each on Fri­day at the reg­is­tra­tion tent or at the TU cabin.

Only the team leader or des­ig­nated al­ter­nate may pur­chase ad­di­tional arm­bands at the park.

We hope that this process will make life eas­ier on team lead­ers as well as folks at the TU en­try tent. Please note that the cut­off date to pay for ad­di­tional arm­bands on­line is Oct. 1. This is to al­low time for the mail to get to the team leader.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion will con­tinue through Oct. 12, but anyone reg­is­ter­ing their teams af­ter Oct. 1 must buy any ad­di­tional arm­bands needed at the reg­is­tra­tion tent or the TU cabin.

TU con­tin­ues work at Johns Creek

This past week­end at least 15 folks joined with U.S. For­est Ser­vice per­son­nel to put a large struc­ture in Johns Creek. We even had a brand new mem­ber get wet and help. This is the last struc­ture to be added this year on Johns Creek, and at least two more will be planned for 2018.

The for­est ser­vice had a back hoe and bucket trac­tor which made the job very easy for ev­ery­one but the op­er­a­tor. We laid a 35-foot log across the creek and sup­ported it with rocks to make a dam to cre­ate oxy­genated wa­ter going over the dam. There will be eight more struc­tures built on the creek over the next three or four years. Tim Looney pre­pared a bar­be­cue pork butt lunch for all who at­tended. As for the campers that we woke up at 8 a.m., we ap­pre­ci­ate your un­der­stand­ing.

Sev­eral TU vol­un­teers col­lected trash along the road and in the camp­sites. It seems like we col­lect less each time we do a clean-up, and this is due to the peo­ple that camp on Johns Moun­tain.

We ap­pre­ci­ate the pub­lic’s ef­forts in keep­ing this sec­tion of Johns Creek a premier camp­ing area in North­west Ge­or­gia.

Thanks to the vol­un­teers and the USFS for the help in mak­ing Johns Creek as good as can be.

Go to coosaval­ley.tu.org and view the Cal­en­dar of Events tab for fu­ture stream work and ac­tiv­i­ties planned.

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