Organizers bagged some big name judges for this year’s Lake Highlands Junior High Chili Cook Off. Julie Dobbs of The Ticket’s BaD Radio, Ken Bethea of the Old 97s, Burton Gilliam from Blazing Saddles and Terlingua chili veteran Andrew Hamilton will join LHJH assistant principal Vince Venditto, award-winning chili chef Frank Gomez from Wallace Elementary and yours truly to sample and savor every entry.

Have a great chili recipe or a creative group of friends? The LHJH PTA is seeking fun teams to enter, and they’ll award prizes for best tasting chili, best decorated booth and best overall. Entries over the past three years included Dances with Wolf Brand, Chili Nelson and Fartnight.

The cook off is adults-only and will be held January 25 from 4-7 at Oak Highlands Brewery, where there’ll be plenty of ice cold beer to wash it down.  Advance tickets are $35 and include entry, chili tastings, beer/wine, an event cup and a commemorative t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the students at LHJH. You can buy a ticket and/or register your team on the LHJH PTA website here.