By Cindy Dupree
This year, Chili Cookoff presented by Bush Brothers and Company and Winter Magic Kickoff fall on Veterans Day and in tribute, Gatlinburg will honor all service men and women with the annual Veterans Day Celebration 11 a.m. on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.
Gatlinburg’s Veterans Day Celebration is recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an official site for the observance of Veterans Day. In accordance with honoring our military, The Ladies for Liberty will perform in World War II Andrews Sisters style with their own rendition of vocals, costumes and the spirit of patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s. The Ladies have performed at patriotic ceremonies around the U.S.
Participants in Chili Cookoff will compete for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation and Best Apron. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition T-shirt available for purchase.
City dignitaries will perform a ceremonial lighting of more than three million lights throughout the city to start the season of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.