The dinner at the Rome Civic Center will start a 5 p.m. and run until 8 p.m., with tickets set at $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at the door on Friday.
Carol Willis, the executive director of the youth commission, said they will be providing the rest of the meal including pasta and salad with the help of firefighters, who will be cooking 10 large pans of cobbler for dessert.
“The purpose of this is certainly to raise funds but also to raise awareness and have fun,” Willis said.
Those competing are required to make as much as four gallons of their best spaghetti sauce for the cookoff.
Money raised through ticket sales will help provide funding for the commission’s three programs, and Willis said the commission is planning other fundraising events throughout the year.
The programs include Healthy Families, which works with families to prevent child abuse, First Steps, a program through Floyd Medical Center that connects new parents with programs throughout the community to help them through the first three months of their child’s life and Meld for Young Dads, a program which helps new fathers be a better parent.
Willis said programs like Healthy Families have been successful in reducing child abuse, and last year only had one family out of 207 in the program who was reported to the Floyd County Department of Family and Child Services.
“We have the largest healthy families program in the state of Georgia,” she said.
Willis said she expects between 800 and 1,000 people for the event, and prizes for the teams be awarded by judges and a people’s choice award will also be given.
Live music will also be provided and the firefighters will be bringing a fire truck and a Dalmation along for children’s entertainment.
If you go
What: Great Spaghetti Challenge to benefit Rome-Floyd Commission on Children and Youth
When: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.
Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for children