Culver’s of Franklin claims top prizes in Chili Cook-off

Bob Parks Realty wins in decor with “Duckie Dynasty”

Culver’s of Franklin won both the People’s Choice and the Judges’ Choice Awards in the 11th annual Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off, held Oct. 26 in downtown Franklin.

The team from Culver's of Franklin serves up some of its award-winning chili at the 11th annual Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cookoff Oct. 26.

Perennial favorite Franklin Firefighters Local 3758 took second in People’s Choice, followed by the team from the 101st Airborne, 327th Battalion. In the Judges’ Choice category, second went to Brian Irvin & Team Transformations, with the Franklin Noon Rotary Club BBQ Society taking third!

Franklin Firefighters Local 3758 Chili Cook-off team

Franklin Noon Rotarians Bill Foley and President Derby Jones at the Franklin Noon Rotary BBQ Society table.

Bob Parks Realty and Danny Anderson won Booth Decor with their “Duckie Dynasty” theme.

Bob Parks Realty's team won Best Booth Decor with their "Duckie Dynasty" theme.

Team Transformations took second, followed by the 101st Airborne, in Booth Decor.


Part of the 101st Airborne, 327th Battalion, Team. The men and women of this battalion are Franklin's Adopted Sons & Daughters.

Darrell Waltrip Automotive was the co-presenting sponsor with Franklin Tomorrow.

Other sponsors include First State Bank and Bob Parks Realty. Making an investment as additional sponsors are Taylor Made Smiles; ATMOS Energy; Cathy Marks State Farm Insurance; and Cherie and Dan Hammond.

Cheering us on are sponsors Kathie Moore, Crye-Leike Realtors; Kim Helper, 21st District Attorney General; Deana Hood, Attorney at Law; County Mayor Rogers Anderson; Judy Oxford, Attorney at Law; Rep. Charles Sargent; Rep. Glen Casada; Five Points Roofing & Construction; Savory Spice Shop; Rep. Jeremy Durham; 11th District County Commissioners Brian Beathard & Brandon Ryan; Tom Taylor for General Sessions Judge Committee; The TMA Group; and LeAnne Constantine Real Estate, ReMax Elite; Williamson Source; Williamson Herald; and YOUR Williamson.

Teams competing included Merridee’s Breadbasket; Clark Shelton for McCreary’s; Bob Parks Realty; Franklin City Club; Culver’s of Franklin; Franklin Firefighters Local 3758; Zolo’s Italian Restaurant; YOUR Williamson Magazine; 101st Airborne, 327th Battalion Bulldogs; Corner Pub of Franklin; Kimbro’s Restaurant; My Friend’s House; Brian Irvin for Team Transformations; and Franklin Noon Rotary BBQ Society.

Photos courtesy of Debbie Smartt Photography