No ex­cuse to stay home

The 22nd An­nual Chili Cook Off at Ridge Ferry Park is just one of many Satur­day fall events.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

From cos­tumed su­per heroes and a mu­si­cal street fes­ti­val in down­town Rome to a chili cook off and car show in the park, Floyd County has a full plate of fam­i­lyfriendly of­fer­ings on tap Satur­day.

This will be the 22nd year for the an­nual Trout Un­lim­ited Chili Cook Off at Ridge Ferry Park, and teams will be ar­riv­ing at their cook sites as early as Fri­day morn­ing to start their slow-cooked recipes.

“We have over 50 teams reg­is­tered so far, with 70-plus chilis to taste,” or­ga­nizer David Bowen said.

Gates open to the pub­lic at 10:30 a.m. Satur­day and the Dixie Whiskey Band is due to take the stage about 15 min­utes later. Ad­mis­sion is $5 per per­son. Kids age 5 and un­der get in free. Park­ing is $5 in the main area of the park, but free on the other side of the rail­road tracks.

Of­fi­cials are ex­pect­ing about 5,000 at­ten­dees, who will get to vote for the Peo­ple’s Choice win­ner while judges are pick­ing their top fa­vorites. The awards will be an­nounced at 3 p.m.

Bowen said the cook off is the main fundraiser for TU, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing con­ser­va­tion ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams in­clud­ing the Ar­row­head Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Ar­muchee and the Rome-Floyd ECO Cen­ter in the park.

The Animal Res­cue Foun­da­tion also will be on hand with its Woof Woof Arf Car and Truck Show slated from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reg­is­tra­tion is $20 and will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 draw­ing, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing ARF.

Here’s a look at some other events sched­uled for Satur­day:

The 2017 Harbin Hero Hus­tle 5K Race and 2-Mile Health Walk is set to start at 10 a.m. from Bridge­point Plaza and end at the Town Green about noon. Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to dress up as their fa­vorite su­per heroes. Race-day reg­is­tra­tion is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and will cost $30. Reg­is­trants can se­lect one of five char­i­ties to sup­port: Rome-Floyd YMCA, Sum­mit Quest, Floyd County CASA, The Sweet Co­coon and Liv­ing Proof Recovery. The char­ity with the most points will get a $1,000 do­na­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.rf­pra.com/hero­hus­tle.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the eighth an­nual Johnny Agan Memo­rial Bike Ride is from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chero­kee Lodge, 2934 Alabama High­way. The cost is $25 per bike. Ex­tra T-shirts will cost $10. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Sex­ual As­sault Cen­ter of North­west Ge­or­gia and needy chil­dren at Christ­mas. For more in­for­ma­tion call Doyal Ca­gle at 770548-6108.

The Ar­muchee Glenwood Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion and the Ar­muchee Ru­ri­tan Club will present Tribefest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ar­muchee High School, 4203 Martha Berry High­way. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude an auc­tion, ven­dors, in­flat­a­bles, crafts, food and school singing groups. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706-236-1886.

Ge­or­gia Coun­cil of the Blind Rome Chap­ter is spon­sor­ing the Marshall Forest Braille Trail Event at 11 a.m. in the Marshall Forest off Horse­leg Creek Road. Re­fresh­ments will be served. In the event of rain meet at Rome-Floyd County Li­brary, 235 River­side Park­way. For ques­tions or more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mar­sha Far­row at 706-859-2624, Amanda Wilson at 770-547-4700 or Dr. Philip Dil­lard at 770-748-8629.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 506 will be sell­ing bar­be­cue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at the post, 21 Peachtree St. Rib plates are $10, Boston butt plates are $8 and chicken-quar­ter plates are $7. Plates come with baked beans, coleslaw or potato salad, bread, cake and drink. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the post schol­ar­ship and Sons of the Amer­i­can Le­gion fund. There will be a draw­ing for 25 per­cent of the ticket sales. For more in­for­ma­tion call 706291-2327.

Ar­muchee Ru­ri­tan Club will host Cars on Broad in con­junc­tion with Fid­dlin’ Fest, which runs from noon to 10 p.m. (see page A6 for de­tails) Reg­is­tra­tion for the car show is from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $25. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ar­mucheeru­ri­tan.org.

File, Doug Walker / Rome News-Tri­bune

Bob Zakrzewski stirs Apoc­a­lypse Chili dur­ing last year’s Trout Un­lim­ited Chili Cook-Off at Ridge Ferry Park.

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