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When we began planning the Great Grill Off several years ago and working through our vision for the event, Psalm 34:8 came to mind.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”

Our prayer for The Great Grill Off has been that even more people would spend the afternoon on the beautiful CCHO campus and, together with their friends and family, TASTE all the incredible food that will be available and SEE all the ways the Lord has blessed the work being done by Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, Encompass Christian Counseling, Encourage Foster Care & Adoption, and Thrive Trauma Recovery. And boy, has He answered that prayer in a powerful way!

Nearly 2500 people have attended The Great Grill Off the past two years, and we have served more than 6000 mini slider burgers and 650 hot dogs combined! We could not have pulled off such a great event without the help of almost 250 volunteers. WOW! All of that incredible support has been vital in helping CCHO, Encompass, Encourage and Thrive continue faithfully serving the children, adults and families placed in our care.

Our prayer will remain the same for the sixth annual Great Grill Off, only we would love to see even more people Taste and See in 2018! We hope to see you there.

Come Hungry!

Of course, the highlight from the Great Grill Off menu is the Burger Contest, where you will have a chance to taste three different creative sliders of your choice before voting for your favorite. Kids get two of their own burgers but can also choose hot dogs instead.

We are extremely excited to be partnering with Wooster’s own Hartzler Family Dairy this year, and you should be extremely excited as well since that means attendees will be treated to some delicious Hartzler ice cream! Just be sure you clear your lunch plate first!


What’s a cookout without some chips? Frito-Lay will be providing attendees with a bag of chips with their meal! We will also have popcorn on hand!


NOTE: All food available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Learn About our Family of Ministries!

While you’re here enjoying all the great food, why not hop onto a hayride and tour the CCHO campus? We will also have an Open House at the One Heart Stables, so be sure to stop by and say hi to the horses!

Of course, the kids will enjoy the inflatables, miniature horse rides, facepainting, games, crafts and more! You don’t want to miss it!