Chili Tasters Will Fill Main Street Saturday
Some fun will be brewing on Main Street in New Martinsville Saturday as the Chili-Fest returns for its 10th year.
The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the festival that will take place rain or shine. Main Street will be closed to traffic at 10:30 a.m. and festivities run from noon to 4 p.m.
Up to 30 chili vendors will offer their warm concoctions to the judges and public, hoping to win this year’s awards. Cash prizes will be given to chili vendors in four categories: businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. There will also be cash awards for the best table decorations, best costumes by vendors, and a People’s Choice Award.
In addition to the food booths, there will be many events downtown for the entire family. The 4th annual 5K and 2K Fun Run sponsored by WVNCC PTK will begin at 11 a.m. Registration is $20 for the 5K Run and $10 for the 2K Fun Run. To register, complete the registration form and send it to the Chamber Office with the registration fee made payable to WVNCC.
Also at 11 a.m. chili and concession stands will be set up. Opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. and chili sales begin at noon along with the costume parade.
The Wetzel County’s Got Talent show will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre. A corn hole tournament will be at 12:30 p.m. at the All Valley dance studio. The entry fee is $15 per team. For information about the corn hole tournament call 304-455-1627.
A hot pepper eating contest sponsored by Uncle Bunk’s will be at 1 p.m. and a hot dog eating contest sponsored by Scream ‘N Dogs is at 2 p.m.
There will be a taste-off including any items with a Mexican base (breads, salsa, pepper spreads and relishes, etc.). All winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on the courthouse steps.
The Little Mr. and Miss Chili Pepper contest for kids age five to seven and a Prince and Princess Chili Pepper contest for kids age two to four is at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. there will be live entertainment by the band Not So Rich and Famous. Both of these events will be held on the courthouse steps.
All-day events include games for children 12 and under, balloon art, live radio remote, farmer’s market, crafts, exhibits, and much more.
Prizes donated by local businesses will be given away throughout the afternoon. Prizes include passes from the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission, anti-virus software from RadioShack, passes and posters from Valley Cinema 3, and magic tricks from local magician Bill Stokes.
Other event sponsors include Bee Electric, Bob Evans, the City of New Martinsville, Country Roads Ford, Domino’s Pizza, Lite Rock 93R/WXCR, Long John Silvers, McDonald’s, Mim’s Art Gallery, Occasions, Off the Wall, Peoples Bank, Power Country 104, Presto Lunch, Progressive Bank, Quinet’s Court Restaurant, S&S Jewelry, Subway, The Tin Ceiling, Weldon’s Office Supply, Wendy’s, WesBanco, Wetzel County Center for Children and Families, Wetzel County Committee on Aging, and Wetzel Valley Agencies.
For more information about the Chili-Fest, contact the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce at 304-455-3825.