CASA by the Lakes will host its annual Chili Challenge and Cornhole Tournament on Nov. 9 at the Joe Creason Community Building, located at H.H. Lovett Park in Benton.

The CASA Cornhole Tournament begins promptly at 3:30 p.m. and will follow American Cornhole Association rules. A registration fee of $40 per team applies. The winning team will each receive a set of cornhole boards made by the Marshall County High School Carpentry class.

The CASA Chili Challenge will open to the general public at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. A $10 suggested donation is requested per bowl for adults and $5 for children. Each donation also receives one “Crowd Favorite” vote. Each additional “Crowd Favorite” vote may be purchased for $1 apiece.

To compete, teams should make two crock pots of chili, prepared in advance. Each team should provide their own table (no longer than eight feet in length) to decorate in the ‘favorite Christmas movie’ theme, along with an extension cord.

Set-up begins at 3 p.m. and official judging begins at 3:30 p.m. A registration fee of $50 applies to each team. Winners will be declared in: Crowd Favorite, All-Around Champion and Best Booth.

Teams wishing to participate in the CASA Cornhole Tournament and/or the CASA Chili Challenge should request a registration form and additional rules by contacting the CASA by the Lakes office or going to our website https://www.casabythelakes.org. Registration for both competitions closes on Nov. 8. 

The theme for this year’s event is “Favorite Christmas Movie” so participants and the general public are invited to dress in costumes reflecting their favorite Christmas movie and take a stand against child abuse during this family-friendly event. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Most Creative Costume, Cutest Costume, All-Around Best Costume, Best Group Costume and the Team Spirit Award.

All proceeds from the CASA Chili Challenge and Cornhole Tournament benefit CASA by the Lakes.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) by the Lakes is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supports quality volunteers whose mission is to advocate for the timely and safe placement of abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers speak for the best interest of children in court and advocate for each child to have a safe, permanent home. Volunteers also offer encouragement, stability, and hope during a complex and critical time in the lives of these children.

For additional information or to pre-register contact CASA by the Lakes at (270) 761-0164 or casaprmurray@gmail.com