Posted on Aug 01, 2019
The Granville Inn Chili Cook-off will be held on September 21st and once again Rotary is the Inn's charity partner. We are seeking sponsors and cooks for this family friendly event!
The Granville Inn and the Rotary Club of Granville announced today that its fifteenth annual charity Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday, September 21 on the front lawns of the Inn.  Granville Rotary has once again partnered with the Inn to conduct the Chili Cook-Off to raise funds and awareness of local Rotary programs, including five college scholarships, High School Ethics and Leadership Conference, Middle and HS Students of the Month, inbound and outbound exchange students, Biz Town for GIS 5th graders, and support for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County, local Adult and Children’s Literacy, Granville Rec District Concerts on the Green, Community Shred-It Days/Boo Drives and Red Cross Community Blood Drives. 
Granville Rotary 2019-20 President Steve Thaxton announced at the club's June 24th meeting that over $200,000 was being committed to support several local and international initiatives including $100,000 to the new Granville Rec Rotary Pavilion at Racoon Valley Park, $75,000 to the new athletic complex at Granville High School and $13,000 to the new Granville Service Complex.
Chili cooks will fire up their stoves at 7:30 am.  Music and the Granville Rec District Fall Harvest Festival will begin at 10 am with judging to be held at 12:30 pm and the awards ceremony at 1:00 pm.
The Granville Rec Fall Harvest Festival, always a family favorite, returns again this year.  Activities for every age will include pumpkin decorating, apple-bobbing, face-painting, cornhole games and other family-friendly activities. 
“The Chili Cook-Off has raised over $58,000 since it was launched in 2004, with all funds raised reinvested in community programs.  We are excited that the Inn has chosen to again partner with Granville Rotary to continue this great community event.” said Andy Smutylo, Granville Rotary Fundraising Chair.
Event organizers are hoping for the return of many prior years’ contestants, including previous winners (CowBoyArdee, Home Instead Senior Care and Team Wildwood Playground) as well as new entrants. Event sponsors are also being recruited.  Potential sponsors can contact Granville Rotary or the Inn for more information or register electronically at
Rules and entry forms for the Chili Cook-off are available at the Inn’s Front Desk, on the Granville Inn Chili Cook-Off Facebook page or via the event website at Email inquiries should be directed to