Chili fest, symphony headline weekend

“Hot Chili & Cool Breezes,” the second annual Gulf Coast Chili Cookoff, will take place Saturday on the Biloxi Town Green as one of several events occurring this weekend.

The chili cookoff, which opens to the public at 11 a.m. and continues through the afternoon, will feature live music, hot chili and cold beer and soft drinks. The event has a $5 admission fee and will benefit the Mental Health Association of Mississippi.

Best chili entrants will receive first, second and third cash prizes. There also will be a People’s Choice Award and Best of Show.

Winners last year included Steak Out & Shaughnessy Printing, Gulf National Life Insurance Co., Casino Magic, Morris Bart law firm, and a team of Biloxi firefighters.

Teams interested in participating — $125 entry fee – should contact Charlie Harrison at 436-6982 or Brandi Hall-Clarke at 864-6274.

Meantime, over at the Saenger Theater, the Gulf Coast Symphony will bring the curtain down on its 40th season with a march written to celebrate the coronation of George VI, who was the husband of the recently deceased Queen Mother. Fireworks fit for a king are followed by a day in the life of London as the symphony brings its Ruby Year to a close with Vaughan Williams’s enduring Second Symphony. The concert will begin at 8 pm. Details: 435-9800.

The City of Biloxi will usher in the weekend with two events Friday. A senior prom designed for those who want to relive their high school prom will be presented from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Biloxi Community Center. This annual event will include music, dancing and lunch. A King, Queen, Duke and Duchess will be chosen by random drawing. Details: 435-6185.

And, finally, city will host a spring dance for children ages 6-12 at the Snyder Community Center from 6 to 8 pm. For more info, call 435-6148.