Parrish Chili Cook-off and Heritage Day Festival
Thousands of visitors flooded the grounds of the Florida Railroad Museum on March 4 to celebrate the rich heritage of Parrish. The Parrish Civic Association and Parrish Foundation hosted the 6th annual Chili Cook-Off and Heritage Day Parade/Festival with music, laughter, children’s activities and lots of chili.
The festival grounds offer a shaded, comfortable atmosphere for all the events.
All proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off will go to grants awarded by The Parrish Foundation to not-for-profit organizations serving the Parrish community.
For information on next year’s event, how to become a sponsor or chili cookoff contestant, visit www.ParrishChili.com.
According to the Parrish Chili Cookoff Facebook page, winners of the 2017 Parrish Heritage Day Festival and Chili Cookoff are:
Spirit Award: Southeast High School
Showmanship Award: Dustin Hay (team with the best overall appearance)
Fundraising Award: 7-11 of Parrish (sold the most tickets)
Culinary Arts Awards:
Grand Champion: Adult Division of Manatee Technical Institute
Honorable Mentions: Sugg Middle School and Williams Elementary School
Tastiest Chili Awards:
Grand Champion: Conley Buick/GMC
First Runner Up: Parrish Village News Chili Chicks
Second Runner Up: Parrish Plumbing
Third Runner Up: Duette Fire Department
People’s Choice Award: Florida Power & Light
First Place: David Cannon Well Drilling
Second Place: Kids Center Stage
Third Place: Imagine School