Hundreds attend DD Chili Fest
The smell of chili permeated through the halls at Dawson-Bryant High School on Saturday and crafters offered unique goods at the 15th annual Chili Fest and Craft Show for DD Awareness.
The event aims to raise public awareness and Lawrence County Board of Developmental Disabilities Public Relations and Personnel Director Tim Nunnery said the number of people who made their way to Coal Grove on Saturday for the chili fest is an indication it is serving its purpose.
“When you see all these people here you know it’s a good thing,” Nunnery said. “I couldn’t be happier with the turnout.”
Nunnery also praised the involvement of local Lions Clubs who have served chili at the event for the past four years. He said the Lions’ attendance and help “speaks volumes” about the community service groups’ support for the community.
“This is all for a good cause,” Lou Pyles, of the Ironton Lions Club, said. “This is a great way for us or anyone to spend their Saturday. It’s good to see people here again; the turnout is always good.”
Crafters’ booths covered half the gym floor and tended to many chili-eating customers interested in buying handcrafted baby clothes, candy and many things in between.
“I don’t hear many complaints from the crafters about not selling anything,” Nunnery said. “They always leave happy.”
Chili awards were handed out in three categories and judges for the contest were Bill Cornwell, Brett Looney and Lawrence County Commissioners Les Boggs, Bill Pratt and Freddie Hayes Jr. Chili fest attendees voted for the people’s choice award winner.
Winners were: Appalachian Family and Children First Council (people’s choice); Kyrie Waller (individual); and Mended Reeds (business).
Several people won cakes through the event’s cake walk. Admission was $1 and there was also a 50/50 raffle.