WhistleStop cook-off teams prepare for the heat of the competition

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The 15th annual WhistleStop Festival kicks off Friday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m. Perhaps the biggest part of the festival is the food.

More than 130 teams are registered for cooking competitions. The competition is fierce, but the point of the competition and the entire festival goes a little deeper.

“All of the money we raise at WhistleStop benefits the Earlyworks Family of Museums where we teach children the history of our state and our nation,” said WhistleStop organizer Beth Goodwin.

Even the Madison County Commissioners are entering the cook-off this year.

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“I enjoy cooking, so getting out here and doing that and then getting out and speaking to the people of Madison County,” said Commissioner Eddie Sisk.

They’re not the only county leaders that will be barbecuing up some tasty cuisine.  There will also be entries from Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning.

The live entertainment also a huge draw for the festival.  Friday at 9:45 p.m. Sister Hazel will perform and Saturday, the band Kansas will take the stage. Click here for a detailed schedule of events.