Cool weather, hot chili, Live music, and snazzy show cars – it's fall festival time in Bryson City!

Looking for a way to heat up your fall getaway? Head to Bryson City on Saturday, October 21 for the Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off & Car Show, now in its 27th year and a favorite of both locals and visitors.

Enjoy a festival atmosphere around the train depot with decorated booths, live music, handcrafted arts and yummy homemade desserts. Sample chilies ranging from mild to wild and in red, white, and vegetarian recipes ($5 wrist band). Trophies and cash prizes are awarded to the top three chilies by our panel of judges, who also give a Showmanship Trophy to the best theme-decorated booth. You can also be a judge, by casting your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award given at the end of the day. Bring your appetite!

The Car Show is organized by the Southwestern Community College Automotive Club and will feature approximately 30 show cars. All makes and years are welcome with multiple classes and models. People's Choice voting trophies going to the top 10 vehicles.

Car Show – 10 am - 2 pm
Chili Cook Off – 11 am - 3 pm

Car show, music and festival are free; chili sampling is $5/person.

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