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Feast Your Eyes On The Prize, Chili Fest

By Staff | Nov 2, 2016

New Martinsville Church of God won the prize for best table at Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce's annual Chili Fest.

NEW MARTINSVILLE Thousands of people attended the 17th annual Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce’s 17th Annual Chili Fest on Saturday in New Martinsville.

William Cleavenger, 34, of Pittsburgh won the hot pepper eating contest by eating 8 peppers.

“I ate them two at time, drank some milk that was pretty much my strategy,” he said.

And let’s not forget the chili champs there were a lot of them.

Magnolia senior Trenton Robinson (18:38.4) and Middlebourne resident Katie Snider (23:11) were the top male and female finishers in the 5k.

Chili contest business winners: 1st place EZ Care, 2nd place Tastee Freez; 3rd place Supply Closet.

Non-profit: 1st place New Martinsville Band Patrons; 2nd place Tri-County Young Life; 3rd place Amanda Jo Ice Memorial School Fund.

Individual winners: 1st James Grant, 2nd Linda Goddard, 3rd Jackie Garuccio.

Taste off: Wetzel County CVB

People’s Choice: School Nutrition Association

Best costume: Cam Safety

Chamber Choice: New Martinsville Church of God

Restaurant winner: Paden City Tastee Freez

Costume parade (0-2 years old); 1st Ella Grace Hawkins, 2nd Felisha Longwell, 3rd Owen Hohman;

(3-5 years old) 1st Azlynne Henthorne, 2nd Jenna Moore, 3rd Connor and Emmalle Campbell; (6-9 years old) 1st Ashlyn Yoho, 2nd Elizabeth Ashcraft, 3rd Annie Westbrook; (10-12 years old) 1st Jo Ellen Witschey, 2nd Isaac Campbell; 3rd Pitter Pot Jeffers

Hot pepper contest: 1st William Cleavenger 8 peppers; 2nd Zachary Montgomery 5 peppers; 3rd Kaiden Cleavenger 1.5 peppers.

Hot Chicken Wing Eating Contest: Rocky Smith

Car Show Winners: Judge’s trophy to Bill Pugh; 1st place Paul Durig for his 1955 Chevy Pick-up; 2nd place to Paul Fuch 1931 Ford Roadster; 3rd place to Pete and Bonnie Simpkin 1955 Chevy Bellaire; Chamber Choice car show (blue ribbon): Kevin Ruffing 1948 Dodge truck.

Economic Impact Drawing: Christine Nice

Vendor Data Drawing: Tri-County Young Life

Box Race Winners: 1st Aubrey Parsons (ages 2-3); 1st place Gavin Lewis (ages 4-5); 1st place Samara Wolfe (ages 8-10).

Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Miranda Cain