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Chili Fest To Heat Up New Martinsville

By Staff | Oct 26, 2016

The chillier and dreary days of autumn will be upon us, but Main Street, New Martinsville is sure to be warm Oct. 29 as the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Chili Fest festival will hit the street from noon to 4 p.m.

The event will offer plenty of chili, as prizes will be awarded for the best restaurant’s chili, as well as best business, non-profit, and individual’s chili. Other chili-related prizes include People’s Choice, Best Table, Best costume, and Taste-Off.

Taste-Off entries include any items with a “hot and spicy” base, such as Mexican corn bread, salsa, pepper spreads, and relishes.

The Saturday afternoon will offer something for everyone, as chili sales, a corn hole tournament registration, and a costume parade/trick-or-treat are slated to begin at noon. Also, McIver Gentry Project is scheduled to entertain from noon until 4 p.m., and an indoor crafter/vendor show will take place at 310 Main Street.

From noon to 3 p.m., Cruisers Unlimited will have a car show in front of Mike’s Certified Auto Repair. Box car race registration and decoration time will take place at 12:30 p.m. This event is open for youngsters age two to 10.

Also, chili entries and taste-off entries are to be submitted to the chamber office at this time.

At 1 p.m., a hot chicken wings eating contest, sponsored by Open Door Ministries, will take place, followed by the corn hole tournament, hosted by Baristas Cafe and Pub, at 2 p.m. Also, the kids box car race, hosted by New Life Apostolic Church, will take place at 2 p.m.

A hot pepper eating contest will take place at 2:30 p.m., and the day’s activities will conclude with a flag retirement ceremony by American Legion Marne Post #28, at 3 p.m., and an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Other Chili Fest events for kids include face painting, pumpkin rolling contest, and bubble wagon. There is also set to be a pumpkin carving contest.

For more information on Chili Fest, check out www.wetzelcountychamber.com, or give the Chamber a call at 304-455-3825.