Planning is underway for Beckley’s 28 th 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 theevent 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. The event normally attracts a large crowd, so for everyone’s safety, dogs will not be allowed. Also, the police department encourages parents with children under the age of 15 to please accompany their children during the event. “We appreciate the community’s support for this event. The chili participants put a lot of effort into making their chili and decorating their booths,” says Jill Moorefield. “Chili Night has become a fall tradition in our community. The money raised from ticket sales helps our committee to be able to offer events throughout the year.” Chili Night is organized by the Beckley Events Committee. For more information, visit www.beckley.org or “Beckley Events” on Facebook.
Event Sponsors include City National Bank, Best Ambulance, Jan Care Ambulance, Beckley ARH, WVNS-TV, 103CIR, Groovy 94.1, 105.9 WTNJ, The Early Show with Rick & Lola, The Register-Herald, WJLS, & United Bank.
Chili Night – October 6 th 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