Thomson football fans should not just come to the final home game of the regular season hungry for a win.
They have come to expect a good bowl of chili before making their way to The Brickyard prior to that game. This year is no different.
On Nov. 3, the McDuffie Educational Secretaries Association will host its annual Chili Cook Off. The Board of Education parking lot will be full of the spicy dish and people searching for a hot meal from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Sheila Johnson, a secretary at the Board of Education office and one of the event's organizers said the cook off has more positives than just raising money for a good cause.
"It's just a good community time," she said. "I think each year we've seen the crowd grow where people know to expect that the last home football game. ...It has been a great success for us each year, and we have no reason to doubt that that won't be the same this year."
Prizes will be awarded for the most chili sold, most donations collected, best tasting chili and best decorations. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. in the parking lot as well as during the football game.
"The fellowship and food is good, but also people enjoy seeing how the different contestants decorate their booths and promote their chili," Mrs. Johnson said.
She also hopes the weather will cooperate at this year's event. With the football season being shifted later, the temperatures should be much cooler than last year.
"People typically associate cooler weather with eating chili," Mrs. Johnson said.
Bowls of chili will be sold for $1 each, and soft drinks will be available for $1 as well. Proceeds from sales will provide scholarships to seniors at Thomson High School and supplies for needy children in the school system.