It's fall y'all and that means chilly nights and a big heapin' bowl of hot chili. Make plans now for the 3rd Annual Great Camden Chili Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26, in downtown Camden, Ark.

The Camden Connections Foundation will be hosting this family-friendly event this year. There will be large children’s area with multiple activities on the Farmer’s Bank parking lot, as well as live entertainment starting at 4PM on the Postmaster’s Grill Stage.

Teams will set up on Washington Street early that morning to begin cooking their best chili recipes. Public tasting will begin at 2:00 pm. Admission is free, tasting tickets will be sold starting at $1.00 each to purchase chili and beverages at a central area. Takeout chili purchases will also be available. The winners will be announced at 6:00 p.m. Prizes will be award to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall, a People’s Choice award, and a Showmanship Award for best booth presentation.

The Camden Connection Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 comprised of citizens from within Ouachita County. The goal and purpose is to improve the quality of lives of the citizens of our county, as well as our visitors. The foundation is involved in creating and improving city trails, parks and playgrounds. Most notably, the foundation was an intricate part of designing The Trace, Camden’s newest multi-purpose trail.

Please join us as we bring our community together for an exciting day full of fun, great chili and entertainment.