Delicious success: 14th annual chili cook-off raises thousands

Best Laid Plan provided the music.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The 14th annual Celebrity Chili Cook-Off and Oyster Roast was a huge success for the Charleston Animal Society Saturday afternoon.

The event was emceed by ABC News 4's Tom Crawford.

For hours, chili fans strolled through the outfield sampling chili and listening to Best Laid Plan. To add to the entertainment, there was a kid zone, a TV zone so people could watch the games, and truckloads of oysters to shuck.

As with any animal society event, a host of firefighters featured in this year's firefighter calendar were on hand to sign the smoking hot stocking stuffers, as well as a collection of pets looking to be an early Christmas present.

Nearly 2,000 people attended Saturday's event and 53 teams cooked up a variety of chili's, including a chorizo-and-sweet potato combo with as much sweet as it had heat and a chicken chili that became a topic of discussion on Facebook after the event.

ABC News 4's team picked up another award this year for best presentation. The news team truly did assemble around some Anchorman-esque fashion.

Joint Base Charleston picked up the overall best in show award. News2's Brad Franko picked up best in show in the celebrity category.

The people's choice award went to Three Blondes.

While there were winners and losers in the cook-off, the real winners were the animals that will be helped by Toby's Fund, Charleston Animal Society's medical care account for dogs that need their help.

Officials say over 2,000 people attended the Chili Cookoff making it their biggest event in 14 years. An estimated $150,000 was raised.