Huntington Chili Fest set for Saturday

Published 9:53 am Thursday, September 12, 2013


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — WSAZ NewsChannel 3 and Chili Willi’s Tex-Mex Grill present the 30th Annual Original ChiliFest Saturday in downtown Huntington on Third Avenue at Pullman Square.

The streets of Huntington will fill with “chili heads” as the winner of this “much heated” event qualifies to represent West Virginia at the ICS (International Chili Society) World’s Chili Championship in Palm Springs, Calif. Oct. 11-13. Cooks come from far and wide to downtown Huntington, with their pots, spices, secret ingredients and chili lore for this annual spirited competition.

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Live entertainment will be provided by Chris Sutton, One Foot and City Heat. Other contests and events throughout the day include, People’s Choice Award, Best Salsa, Chili Verde Contest, Hot Pepper Eating Contest, Beer Drinking Contest and the Shoot n’ Holler Contest. The Kids Corner features games, inflatables and other wholesome activities.

A raffle will be held benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Huntington for a brand new Toyota Camry from Advantage Toyota. Raffle tickets will be sold at ChiliFest, with the winning ticket chosen live at 5:30pm. Winner does not need to be present to win.

ChiliFest is a charity cook-off, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Huntington. Chili sample tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. ChiliFest begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 5:30pm with the announcement of the winners and the live drawing for the Toyota Camry.

Presenting sponsors for ChiliFest are Chili Willi’s Tex-Mex Grill and WSAZ NewsChannel 3.

Event sponsors are Cabell Huntington Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, Marshall Pediatrics, West Virginia Lottery, and Coca-Cola.