BECKLEY, WV (WOAY)- Planning is underway for Beckley’s 28th annual Chili Night which will be held on Saturday, October 6 along the streets of uptown Beckley from 5:00 to 8:30 pm.
The event will feature about 50 chili participants, along with 20 other booths, and a variety of entertainment.
Participants in the chili competition include restaurants / caterers, non-restaurant businesses, organizations and individuals. Some of the participants may also be preparing spicy and/or specialty chili recipes such as vegetarian, white chicken chili and others. Panels of celebrity judges will select their favorite chili in the four categories, plus the most unique specialty chili and best tasting spicy chili. The public can vote for the Peoples’ Choice with voting coins distributed with admission.
The $5 admission includes five sample tickets and a voting coin. Other vendors will be on hand offering drinks and other food (such as chicken sandwiches, pepperoni rolls, kettle corn, donuts, funnel cakes, roasted corn, & baked goods).
An awards ceremony will occur at 8:00 p.m.
Four ticket booths will be located along Neville & Main Streets selling tickets during the event from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Advance ticket sales will be available beginning October 3 at the Youth Museum. Even with advance tickets, attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7 p.m. on Saturday as chili supplies go fast. Chili Night shirts will be sold at the event headquarters on Main Street.
Chili vendors will be set up along Neville & Main Streets, and other vendors will be located in Shoemaker Square, in the Word Park lot, and near parts of Heber, Main & Fayette streets.
In addition to tasting chili recipes, attendees can enjoy a variety of musical entertainment at several stages (see schedule). Myers Amusements will offer a few carnival rides in the lot beside of Word Park.
The organizing committee requests that attendees do not bring pets, skateboards or coolers to the event.
For more information, visit www.beckley.org or “Beckley Events” on Facebook.
Chili Night – October 6th Entertainment Schedule:
Word Park gazebo: 5:15 pm – Chloe Florence
6:15 pm – Andre Williams
7:15 pm – School of Harmony
Main Street Stage: 5:00 pm – Zoo of Trees
6:30 pm – Randy Gilkey
Shoemaker Square: 5:00 pm – Quiet Enough
7:00 pm – Thomas Danley
Word Park parking lot: 4-9 pm – Myers Amusements carnival rides
WVU Tech on Neville Street: Family Fun Zone in their building