Grayson Chili Cookoff is Nov. 3

GRAYSON -- Some like it hot.

For those who do and those who don't alike, the eighth annual Grayson Hot Tamale Chili Cookoff is a community event that raises money for a good, local cause.

The eighth annual Grayson Hot Tamale Chili Cookoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at Grayson City Park, an event that raises money for Grayson Cares, a loose-knit group of teachers who help students in need within the district cluster.

According to James P. "Jamie" Dempsey, event organizer and Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce president, the chili cookoff got its start as a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the Grayson Cluster Foundation.

"This year, we are supporting groups of teachers within the different schools of the Grayson cluster who have taken it upon themselves to identify needs amongst students," Dempsey said. "They buy glasses or shoes or provide money for students for field trips."

Dempsey said a portion of the proceeds from the festival will go toward these educators "who are accomplishing some great stuff."

The cookoff, which has between 40 and 50 booths, includes restaurant vendors as well as novice chili cookers. In addition, there will be arts and crafts, inflatable bounce houses and "all the chili you can eat."

Entertainment includes live bands The Last Tycoon, Charlee and Madison, Katie and Sam, James Beard Experience, Rachael Ward, Rebirth, Xanderfly and Kate Wright.

Tickets are $5 at the event. Children 6 years old and younger get in free.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/graysonchilicookoff.