2016 News


Video courteous of Kerry West – THANK YOU KERRY!!!
Over 2500 spectators showed up Saturday to partake in one of Flowery Branch’s most-loved annual events, the 13th Annual Car Show and Chili Cook-off!

The annual Car Show and Chili Cook-off featured around 30 vendors alongside more than 225 cars in both the classic car show and the 9th annual Bugs at the Branch, featuring Volkswagen models.

Classic vehicles and VW Bugs lined Main Street and Railroad Avenue in downtown Flowery Branch, while vendors and the chili cook-off contestants were nestled in the in the grassy spaces behind the Historic Depot.

There were numerous winners of trophies and prizes and a few of those winners include:

  • Best in Show Classic Car: Harry Bartlett $100 cash prize
  • Best in Show VW: Jim Darnell $100 cash prize
  • 1st place Best Tasting Chili: Bear Sloan of Lazy Bear BBQ $100 cash prize
  • 2nd place Best Tasting Chili: Robert Gambling   $50 cash prize
  • 3rd Place Best Tasting Chili: Truelove & Yardley $25 cash prize

The event was also privileged to have Jacquelyn Struble Home Selling Team donate and host a 5-day/4-night Cruise Voucher drawing with the lucky winners being the Lisnuck Family of Flowery Branch!

What a fun day at the Flowery Branch Car Show & Chili Cook-off! Congratulations to the Lisnuck Family of Flowery Branch!

A BIG thank you to the sponsors of the event Liberty Candy Company located on Main Street Downtown Flowery Branch and Memorial Park South Funeral Home located on Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch!

2015 News

Thousands came out to Flowery Branch on September 12th to try 9 different amateur chili recipes and to dream about owning one of over 100 classic cars and VW Bugs that were on display along Main Street and Railroad Avenue in Flowery Branch.

Volunteer organizers Charlotte Cornett and Steve Soucie out did themselves with this event giving out over 70 trophies and hosting over 2000 people!!! Comments among the crowd included “This event just keeps getting bigger and better every year!”  “I didn’t even know this little downtown existed, what a great venue for a car show!”

Awards included 6 Trophies for chili contestants, 37 trophies for Classic Cars and 17 trophies for VW Bugs.

Chili trophies included:

  • Best Tasting Adult Division
    1st Place
    2nd Place
  • Best Tasting Junior Division
  • Most Unusual

Classic car trophies included:

  • Peoples’ Choice
  • Best In Show
  • Mayor’s Choice
  • Spartans’ Choice

VW Trophies included

  • Top Ghia
  • Top Thing/Buggy
  • Top Super Beetle
  • Top Water cooled

Be sure to join us this time next year and maybe you will be feature in the event video.

The Flowery Branch Lights Ferry round-a-bout connecting Lights Ferry Rd to Atlanta Highway is fast underway.  The Week of 3/2 city staff began the process of demolishing the last three homes along Lights Ferry Road and Mitchell Street to make way for the new road.

The new road will make it easier for residents to access the wonderful shops downtown as well as easier access to the city park on Lake Lanier.

Bid packages are out for the work and proposals are due back to the City on March 9. A bid award will be made by the Flowery Branch City Council on March 19th.

Work is anticipated to begin in April 2015 and be completed by the end 2015.

More Projects to Come!

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