Chilifest Draws Large Crowds
The 20th Annual Chilifest was held on the 100 block of the Main Street in New Martinsville on the Saturday. With 14 varieties of chili consisting from traditional, vegetarian, steak and sausage chilies, the chili lover was sure to find the one that suited them. There were plenty of baked goods for the patron’s sweet tooth and two food truck vendors came down to support the event as well.
A stellar judging panel consisting of Rob Donaghy- owner of PJs Pizza, Missi Hall- New Martinsville Dispatcher, and Bill Sams of the Wetzel County Farmers Market sampled the chilis to determine the days big winners. Taking home the prize for Best Overall was New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department, 2nd Place Baristas, 3rd Place- Magnolia Boys Soccer. Peoples Choice also went to the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department.
Collaboration is what makes for great events, and that is true of Chilifest as well. Prodigy Wellness Center sponsored the Chilifest 5K which had over 100 participants this year! The Tyler- Wetzel Adult Sports League ran the cornhole tournament, won by Ralph Smith and John Yevuta. The Wetzel County Center for Children and Families judged the children’s costume contest and hosted free cookie decorating at their new facility on Main Street. Grown at Home in WV hosted the Death Plate Challenge which featured 5 chips covered in hot pepper seasoning, ghost pepper cheese, hot peppers and hot sauce. Wendi Wentzell- Cuc was the only one who could take the heat and won the contest.
The jousting competition was lively with Qwailei Artis-Turner taking home the grand prize by taking out Frances Headley in a four round final. Kids got to bounce the afternoon away on the five large inflatables beside West Virginia Northern Community College. Wetzel County Forester Shaun Kuhn was on the grounds with Smokie the Bear for meet and greets with the crowd.
The Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau thanks everyone who came down and took a stroll down Main Street and enjoyed chili, music and community. Of course the event would be nothing with out the vendors! Your hard work is appreciated by everyone.