ChiliFest for Rivers

October 11 | 6 – 9 PM | SweetWater Brewing Co.

You’re Invited!

Tickets are on sale now for Georgia River Network’s second annual ChiliFest for Rivers fundraiser where guests enjoy endless bowls of homemade chili while raising money for Georgia’s rivers.

Come out to SweetWater Brewing Co. from 6-9 p.m. on October 11 to enjoy delicious brews, a chili cook-off contest and live music by Canyonland while celebrating Georgia’s rivers with our passionate network of supporters.

Scroll down to learn more and enter the ChiliFest kayak raffle sponsored by Public Lands!

Kayak Raffle (Need not be present to win!)

Enter now for your chance to win a Vibe Yellowfin 120 in Moss Camo (+ a paddle & accessories)! For only $5, you could win this popular 12-foot kayak designed to offer speed and stealth while still being lightweight. 

The raffle drawing will take place at ChiliFest for Rivers, however, participants need not be present to win. All raffle proceeds will help fund Georgia River Network recreation and conservation programs and initiatives.

This year’s ChiliFest for Rivers Kayak Raffle is sponsored by Public Lands, a new outdoor retailer coming to Kennesaw in late October.  They are a local, fearless advocate of the public lands embedded in the outdoor community and feature eight specialty shops under one roof.

Raffle Ticket Prices:
1 for $5, 2 for $10, 3 for $15
6 for $25 , 8 for $35, 12 for $50

Online Auction

Thank you to everyone who participated in the online auction September 26 – October 2. Congratulations to all our winners!

Help us put the CHILI in ChiliFest!

All are invited to enter their best vegetarian/vegan or meat chili recipe into the chili cook-off portion of ChiliFest for a $20 entry fee! Our judges will select their favorite veg & non-veg chilis and the winners will receive a $50 REI gift card. All you need to bring is a crock-pot of your best chili and we’ll supply the toppings, serving utensils, napkins, small cups/bowls and spoons.

Live Music by Canyonland

As you mingle with friends and enjoy refreshments, Canyonland will provide live entertainment by playing the greatest 70’s country rock songs of Laurel Canyon. If you like Linda Ronstadt, Carly Simon, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, CSN, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne and all things Laurel Canyon, you’ll love Canyonland’s versions of these classic singer songwriter tunes.

Expect, 3 and 4 part harmonies, some mandolin, upright bass, acoustic and electric guitar, drums and all your favorite California country songs of the 70’s. Canyonland is Michelle Malone, Doug Kees, Nelson Nolen, Mark Jones and Mike Rizzi. Come sing along and party likes it’s 1977 with Canyonland.


SweetWater Brewing Comapny
195 Ottley Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Click here for directions to SweetWater Brewing Company.

Life Jacket Drive

Georgia River Network will be collecting new and lightly-used life jackets at this event. In partnership with Georgia DNR, Georgia River Network will be collecting new & used life jackets to supply the 250+ Life Jacket Loaner Boards at various water access locations across the state. These life jackets will help save lives! 

How to donate a life jacket:

  • The life jackets, or Personal Floatation Devices (PFD), can be new or used, as long as they are in good, serviceable condition.
  • They must be U.S. Coast Guard Approved, as noted by a label in the jacket and we need all sizes.
  • If your life jacket(s) meet these requirements, bring them with you to the event!

Each PFD that is donated will be inspected by a Game Warden prior to being put into service. Click here for more information about Georgia DNR’s SPLASH program.



Georgia River Network encourages all attendees to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:


Tributary Trustee Sponsor:

Creek Champion Sponsor:

Bill Cox, GRN Board VP

Jim Giattina, GRN Board Member

Lynn McIntyre, GRN Board President

Think Tank

Become a ChiliFest Sponsor:


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