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Chamber Chili Fest Set for Oct. 28

October 25, 2017
Wetzel Chronicle

Autumn is here, and it's time for the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce's annual Chili Fest! The 18th annual event will occur rain or shine on Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

The day will kick-off bright and early with the 9 a.m. Prodigy Wellness Center 5K Run/Walk. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m.

At 10 a.m., the American Legion Marne Post #28 will be holding a Flag Retirement Ceremony.

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Beginning at 11 a.m., Main Street will be closed so that chili vendors can set up their booths.

The event will feature an indoor craft/vendor show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shiben Building, located on 257 Main Street.

Chili sales begin at noon, along with corn hole tournament registration and the costume parade/trick-or-treat. From noon to 3:30 p.m. there will be live entertainment by Jessica Schoonover. Also, a hot pepper eating contest will take place during this time, sponsored by "Grown at Home in WV." At 12:30 p.m., Chili Entries and Taste Off Entries need to be submitted to the Chamber Office. Also, Box Car Race Registration and Decoration time will be held at 12:30 p.m. The contest is limited to kids, ages 2-10.

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8 a.m. - Registration for Prodigy Wellness Center 5K Run/Walk

9 a.m. - Prodigy Wellness Center 5K Run/Walk

10 a.m. - American Legion Marne Post #28 Flag Retirement

11 a.m. - Main Street Closed for chili vendor set-up

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Indoor craft/vendor show

Noon - Chili Sales Begin, Corn Hole Tournament Registration, and Costume Parade/Trick-or-Treat

Noon - Hot Pepper Eating Contest

Noon to 2 p.m. - Pumpkin Decoration/Pre-carved Contest (In front of Wesbanco)

Noon to 3 p.m. - Cruisers Unlimited Cruise-In. Sponsored by Mike's Certified Auto Repair

Noon to 3:30 p.m. - Live entertainment by Jessica Schoonover

12:30 p.m. - Chili Entries and Taste Off Entries to Chamber OFfice, Box Car Registration & Decoration Time (Kids 2-10)

1 p.m. - Hot Chicken Wings Eating Contest (sponsored by Open Door Ministries)

2 p.m. - Corn Hole Touranment, Kids Box Car Race

3:30 p.m. - Awards

This year will feature fun for all ages, including a 1 p.m. "Hot Chicken Wings Eating Contest," sponsored by Open Door Ministries. Also, a Pumpkin Decoration/Pre-carved Contest will take place from noon to 2 p.m. during Chili Fest. The event, slated for noon to 2 p.m., will take place in front of Wesbanco and features prizes for the following age categories: 3-5, 6-8, 10-12, 13-15, and 16 and over. There will also be a vote for "Peoples Choice." A corn hole tournament will take place at 2 p.m., along with the Kids Box Car Race.

The Cruisers Unlimited Car Show/Cruise In, sponsored by Mike's Certified Auto Repair, will take place from noon to 3 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m., the annual awards ceremony will take place at the courthouse steps.

Chili Fest's "Kids Corner" will bring all sorts of fun for the youngest festival-goers this year, including costume parade, face painting, Bubble Wagon, Kids Box Car Race, bouncy house and obstacle course, and pumpkin rolling contest. The Halloween Costume Parade is open to kids ages 0-12, and ribbons for the best costumes will be awarded.

To sell chili at the event, the cost is $25 for Chamber Members or $30 for Non-Members. Registration is available at 201 Main Street (Chamber Office) or online at Entry deadline is Oct. 26. Chili ingredients must be supplied by the entrant. Sample size cups will be provided by the Chamber and sold to the public for 50 cents a cup. Other sizes of chili can be sold and priced at the participant's discretion. It is recommended that participants use Styrofoam cups as they are safer and easier to handle.

The Chamber will provide each booth with spoons and napkins, and vendors are encouraged to decorate their booths with a Mexican theme.

People serving food must have a food handlers cards. Participants are urged to bring a lot of chili, as well as a heavy duty extension cord.

For those entering the annual taste-off, chili is judged on flavor, texture, consistency, blend, aroma, and color.

Chili judging categories are: Business, Non-Profit, and Individual, along with People's Choice, Best Table, Best Costume, and Taste-Off. First Place business category will receive a $200 certificate for radio ads for either Power Country 99.5 or WETZ. Taste-off entries can include any items with a hot and spicy base, such as Mexican corn bread, salsa, pepper spreads, and relishes. Cost is $20 per taste off entry.

Event sponsors include Anderson Orthodontics, Axiall, Barista's Cafe and Pub, City of New Martinsville, Grisell Funeral Homes, Gump's Septic and Porta John Service, Holiday Inn and Suites, JC Mensore Distributor, McDonald's, Mike's Certified Auto Repair, New Martinsville Church of God, New Martinsville Lions Club, Ogden Publications, Open Door Ministries, Vicki and Dick Reed, Greg and Nancy Richmond, Riggenbach Tile and Carpet, S&S Diamonds and Fine Jewelry, Sistersville Pharmacy, Wesbanco, WETZ/Power Country 99.5, Wetzel Chronicle, Wetzel County Commission, Wetzel County CVB, Witschey's Market, and WXCR/Lite Rock 93R.



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