If you like chili, Stone Mountain Park was the place to be Saturday.
Some of the best of the best cooks battled it out for the 33rd annual Chili Cook Off.
The event is for everyone, because it has a little bit everything, live music, people dressed in costume and then of course the main attraction, the chili.
"We've been cooking this since 6 (a.m.) this morning and it's still got a ways to go yet, but it's going to be fine," said chef James Mays.
He wasn't the only one hard at work before the sun came up, all the teams got out there early, but what's different is the ingredients. Each team has its own mix of meat, veggies and spices and some have a little something special.
Joel Oates is the cook for team Pirates of the Chilibean. "Its pirate chili. There's a pirate in every bite."
It's not really pirate but the entire team did dress up, complete with ship and all. When asked if they are going to win Oates said, "Of course, cause if we don't we'll take the stage."
That's if everything goes according to plan. That wasn't the case early in the morning when a fire broke out at one of the booths because of a problem with a propane tank.
Thomas Christie's booth wasn't far away and he saw the whole thing. "Never have I seen a fire like that where I felt the heat. It was very startling," said Christie.
The fire was put out quickly and no one was hurt, which made way for yet another good chili cook off for both cooks and customers.
"We always have a good time. I've never left without a smile on my face," said Christie.
Jamie Hope loves chili and comes out every year. "It's awesome. It's nice to have a variety of chili all packed into one area. It's a good way to spend the afternoon, just tasting different types of chili," said Hope.
Especially for those who came prepared. "I take my acid reflux medication every morning and I'm good to go for rest of the day," said Hope.
Perhaps the best part was all the proceeds went to help Camp Twin Lakes.
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