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Saturday’s forecast calls for seasonable fall weather, but hot recipes might be making people sweat this weekend at the 11th annual Trout Unlimited Chili Cook-off.

Heartburn has never been more welcome than at the annual event that benefits scholarships from the Coosa Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

“Bring your Rolaids,” is the invitation from Paul Diprima, one of the event’s coordinators.

Approximately 100 cookers are expected to set up camp at Ridge Ferry Park on Saturday and begin stirring their brew before daylight.

Proceeds from the annual event will benefit Trout Unlimited’s Cold Water Fisheries Endowment Fund at the University of Georgia, Diprima said.

The endowment currently has more than $32,000 and has awarded more than $13,000 to graduate students. The Coosa Valley Chapter will award its first undergraduate student this year at a banquet in April, he said.

“This has been a wonderful event for us,” he said. “The cook-off is unlike any other cooking event or outdoor event in Northwest Georgia.”

Diprima estimates as many as 100 types of chili will be available at the all-day event.

Park gates open at 10:30 a.m. and won’t close until there are empty pots. Admission is free for toddlers, $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than age 12, he said.

It’s not too late for chefs to register, Diprima said. There is a $35 registration fee and a form can be printed online from Coosa Valley Trout Unlimited.

Organizers expect as many as 5,000 people to visit the park this weekend to taste test chili samples.

“This is a major, major event,” Diprima said.

Stone Mountain hosted its cook-off a few weeks earlier, he said, which will mean more chefs will be coming to Rome.

The weather forecast for Rome is expected to begin in the 30s and reach a high in the 60s.

“There’s no better time to eat chili,” Diprima said. “You won’t be sweating from the sun. It’s going to be from the chili peppers.”

A variety of musicians also are expected, including the Beatless, a cover group playing hits from the British pop group; Cave Men from Mars, a jazz ensemble; Black Friday, a local Southern rock group, blues group Scratchoff John and solo artist Katherine Colston.