A special performance commemorating the holiday weekend by the Blue Ridge Community Theater, enactments of presidential historian moments in time complete with a motor car parade. Chili Contestants from across Georgia this year registered. Battling for their chance of cash prize awards for 1st , 2nd and 3rd place convince festival goers that theirs is the best and to vote for them; there is a People’s Choice award also.
Among the rows of colorful banners of entrants are tents and fire pits to keep warm in. Chili, wine and beer to choose from in a relaxed beautiful North Eastern Georgia Mountain town is the perfect setting. You quickly forget the cold temperatures, strolling over to hear the music on the main stage in the city park.
Walking past the specialty shops and restaurants just before the stage is the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train depot; visitors, when it is in season, can take a ride through the mountains to the Tennessee state line with a two-hour layover for shopping. The most popular season is in autumn when the tree leaves are in their splendor, riding the train through the mountainside is an experience to be remembered in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Ice Sculpture on displays is seen along the pathway to the city park where the stage is located, taking pictures of the amazing talent in each for memorable keepsakes. These sculptures are entrants for best show. Who will be the crowned the Ice King and Fire Queen at the end of the day?
Admission to the Chili Cook Off, live music and Presidential Entertainment was free. Food tickets cost only $5 for 5 tickets, beer and wine Tickets for $5 each. Tasting cards for $10 to sample all competitors and vote for People’s Choice Award, what a deal!
For art enthusiasts the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association located across from the city park is open for viewing of their exhibits and galleries. Winter fun in Blue Ridge, Georgia is not to be missed. Hope to see you there!