Judges’ Choice trophy goes to Clark Shelton and McCreary’s/MedKinetics’ team

The 10th annual Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off, presented by Darrell Waltrip Automotive Group, was held Saturday, Oct. 27, as part of the Heritage Foundation’s annual Pumpkinfest celebration.

The Chili Cook-off featured 12 teams competing for bragging rights in the categories of Judges’ Choice, People’s Choice, and Best Booth Décor in a new area — Third Avenue South between Franklin City Hall and the Historic Courthouse.

Taking the top honors in the coveted People’s Choice Category were the Franklin Firefighters Local 3758, followed by the Franklin City Club and New York Bagel Café and Deli in third place.

In the Judges’ Choice category, Clark Shelton for McCreary’s/MedKinetics took home the big trophy. Shelton had previously won the same trophy in 2009, but had not competed since that time. Finishing second in the Judges’ Choice category was Franklin City Club, followed by the Next Generation of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County.

Taking the trophy for Best Booth Décor was Bob Parks Realty, followed by Kimbro’ and finally, Franklin City Club.

Teams firing up their chili pots were Merridee’s Breadbasket, New York Bagel Café & Deli, Bob Parks Realty/Burger Up!, Clark Shelton for McCreary’s/MedKinetics, Next Generation of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, Zolo’s Italian Restaurant, Culver’s of Franklin, Franklin Firefighters Local 3758, Franklin City Club, The Daily Dish, Kimbro’s, and YOUR Williamson magazine.

Platinum support for the event was provided by Bob Parks Realty, Bell Historic Franklin apartment community and Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. Additionally, Atmos Energy and First Farmers Bank were Silver sponsors.

Bronze sponsors included County Mayor Rogers Anderson; state Sen. Jack Johnson; state Rep. Charles Sargent; state Rep. Glen Casada; Kathie Moore, Crye-Leike Realtors; Alday Communications; Five Points Roofing; FirstState Bank; Brian & Lisa Beathard; The Frothy Monkey; District Attorney General Kim Helper; Brentwood Pediatrics; Judy A. Oxford, Attorney at Law; and The TMA Group.

In-kind sponsors included the Williamson Herald; Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon; O’More College of Design; and YOUR Williamson magazine.

Franklin Tomorrow is a community visioning non-profit that seeks to engage the community, foster collaboration and advocate for a shared vision for the future of Franklin. Learn more at our Web site, www.franklintomorrow.org or call 794-0998.