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Hot rides, chili take over in Flowery Branch
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Both spectators and classic cars lined Flowery Branch’s Main Street on Saturday for the 11th annual car show and chili cook-off. - photo by CARLEY SHAREC

Thousands of spectators showed up Saturday to one of Flowery Branch’s much-loved annual events.

The 11th annual Flowery Branch Car Show and Chili Cook-off featured around 20 vendors alongside more than 80 cars in both the classic car show and the seventh annual Bugs at the Branch, featuring Volkswagen models.

“We’ve been packed all day,” said Charlotte Cornett, one of the event coordinators. “I would say we had over 2,000 people today, or more.”

In a stroke of luck, the day’s predicted weather of scattered showers stayed away from the South Hall location.

“It was beautiful all day,” said Cornett. “It was amazing.”

Classic vehicles lined Railroad Avenue and Main Street in downtown Flowery Branch, while vendors and the chili cook-off contestants held court in the grassy spaces.

Best in Show winners for both the classic and VW car shows were Tony Moody and Randy Major, respectively. Both won $100 in cash along with trophies.

People’s Choice winners were Tim Phillips in the classic car show and Debby Bell in the VW show.

Bill Conner with Dryburg Chili won the Best in Show award and $100 in the chili cook-off; Boy Scout Ben Caron was the Junior Best in Show, winning $50.

The chili of Chili-licious won the People’s Choice award. Chuck Berger with Chili-licious said it was his first time competing in the event

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