Looking for something to do this weekend in Rome and Floyd County? You have some pretty good options…
The 24th annual Trout Unlimited Chili Cook Off will take place at Ridgeferry Park on Saturday. Gates open at 10:30 am. Admission is $5. Children aged five and under will be admitted for free. Parking is free north of the railroad tracks and $5 south of the tracks.
Think you make a mean pot of chili? Head over to the park between now and Saturday morning and enter to compete in this year’s Chili Cook Off. Ronnie Cooper, Coosa Valley Chapter #519 of Trout Unlimited, states that entries are still being accepted.
A top prize of $1,500 is up for grabs via the Judges Choice Awards. There is also a People’s Choice award at stake, as well as an award for Best Cook Site. The Chili Cook Off is the local TU chapter’s major fundraiser of the year.
You might want to take an umbrella if you head to the park since the National Weather Service predicts a chance of showers on Saturday.
The Cave Spring Fall Festival is also set for Saturday at Rolater Park in Cave Spring. Arts and crafts will highlight the event, for which hours are 10 am to 5 pm. For details, search for Cave Spring Fall Festival on Facebook.
Romans will bid farewell to a 40-year tradition on Saturday with the last John Wisdom Wagon Train and Billy Puryear Ride, which will be highlighted by a parade down Broad Street between 3 pm and 3:30 pm. That will be followed by a cowboy dance and concert featuring Scott Thompson and friends over at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday evening.
Local non-profit Elevation House will host an Elevating Minds Art Show and Auction this Saturday night from 5 pm to 8 pm in the lobby of Heritage First Bank on Broad Street. Many of the donated works of art may be viewed now at the bank.
And if it’s high-flying fun that you seek, head on over to the Russell Regional Airport in Rome for the 2019 Mark Fullerton Memorial Bear Creek Bash. It will be held over the next two days by Chapter 3 of the IAC (or International Aerobatic Club).