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Chili-Fest To Warm Downtown Saturday

By Staff | Oct 22, 2014

This year’s Wetzel County Chamber Chili-Fest Royalty were chosen Saturday evening during a pageant at the Lincoln Theater. Pictured in the back row from left: Queen Kara Hindman and Teen Naomi Mathers. In the front row: Jr. Miss Gia Romesburg, Little Mister Brennan Droppleman, and Little Miss Briley Dalrymple. (Photo by Picture This Photography)

Chili-Fest, to be held in downtown New Martinsville Saturday, will offer something for everyone-young and old. In addition to the chili, the event will offer festival favorites such as face-painting, balloon art, a 5K run, and live entertainment.

The event’s royalty contest was held this past Saturday, when Kara Hindman was crowned Chili Fest Queen. She and the other royals will reign at the event.

Also, those who enjoyed the impromptu pumpkin-rolling contest last year can expect to show off their skills again this year, as the new event will be returning across from the New Martinsville Public Library, beside the city building.

The Wetzel County Farm Bureau will also be hosting their auction again, 1 p.m.., in the city building. Auctioneer for the event is Rocky Peck from Parkersburg, W.Va. There will be a lots of great things and all proceeds are spent locally for items needed at the Morgantown Ronald McDonald House. For more information contact the WCFB at 304-386-4567.

Other activities include hot pepper and hot dog eating contests, crafters, exhibitors, and vendors. Most of all, there will be plenty of chili sampling to warm up the atmosphere, rain or shine, although forecasts are for a perfect autumn day. Try your best to taste them all, then vote on the People’s Choice winner.

Of course food must be prepared and cooked in a health department-approved kitchen with verification. Food handlers classes are available at the Wetzel-Tyler Health Department.

Prizes will be awarded for the following Chili Categories: Restaurant – Trophy, Blue Ribbon and bragging rights of “2014 Wetzel County Chamber Chili Fest, Best Chili in the Area.”

Business, non-profit, and individual categories will also be awarded the following: $150, first place; $75, second place; and $50, third place.

People’s choice, best table, and best costume will receive $50, and taste-off will receive $25. Taste-off entries include any items with a hot and spicy base, such as Mexican corn bread, salsa, pepper spreads, and relishes.

Chili is judged based on flavor, texture, consistency, blend, aroma, and color.

Booth fees for vendors who are chamber members are $25, whereas fees for vendors who are not chili members are $30. Exhibits are free but require registration at the chamber office.

There is no limit to the number of chili vendors. For more information, or to register, call the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce at 304-455-3825, e-mail chamber@wetzelcountychamber.com, or visit www.wetzelcountychamber.com. Entry deadline is Oct. 23, so hurry.

All chili ingredients are to 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. The chamber does suggest that vendors use a Styrofoam cup as they are easier and safer to handle. The Chamber will provide each booth with spoons and napkins. Contestants are encouraged to decorate their booths.