Beckley’s 29 th annual Chili Night will be held on Saturday, October 5 along the streets of downtown Beckley from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. The event will feature more than 40 chili participants, along with 30 other booths, and a variety of entertainment.
Participants in the chili competition include restaurants, non-restaurant businesses, organizations and individuals. In addition to 40+ regular chilies, some of the participants are also preparing spicy and/or specialty chili recipes such as vegetarian, white chicken chili, BBQ, green, pork, and alligator jerky chili, so about 60 different chilies will be represented during the event. Fourteen new chili participants registered this year to go along with 30 returning chili vendors. 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 booths will offer drinks and other food (such as pepperoni rolls, kettle corn, funnel cakes, roasted corn, BBQ, baked goods and more), along with pop-up shops or informational booths. All of the booth spaces have been filled, so registration for booth space is now closed.
Advance ticket sales will be available beginning September 25 at the Youth Museum, Beckley Exhibition Mine, Black Knight Golf Shop or City Hall – cash or credit card. Only cash sales will be accepted at ticket booths during the event. Even with advance tickets, attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7 p.m. on event day as chili supplies go fast. During the event, ticket booths will be located on Neville Street near Word Park and at United Bank on Main Street, selling tickets from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Chili Night shirts will be sold at the event headquarters on Main Street.
Most of the chili vendors will be set up along Neville & Main Streets, while other vendors will be located in Shoemaker Square, the Word Park lot, and parts of Heber & Main Streets. The streets will be blocked for set-up after 2:30 pm. Free visitor parking will be available at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway and metered parking is free on weekends.
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. Active Southern WV will offer an children’s obstacle course at Shoemaker Square. Several of the booths plan to offer music, line dancing and/or games.
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.
Chili Night is organized by the Beckley Events Committee and the City of Beckley. Jill Moorefield of Beckley Events says “Our committee is grateful for the community’s support of this event. The chili participants put a lot of effort into making their chili and decorating their booths. The money raised from ticket sales assists our committee to be able to offer events throughout the year. We appreciate the event sponsors – City National Bank, Best Ambulance, Jan Care Ambulance, Beckley ARH, along with generous local media support and volunteers.”
For more information, visit www.beckley.org or “Beckley Events” on Facebook.
Chili Night – October 5 th Entertainment Schedule:
Word Park gazebo: 5:00 pm – Saylor and Jayden Miller
6:30 pm – Buddy Allen and Cheat River Band
Main Street Stage: 5:00 pm – Piney Creek Canyon Band
7:00 pm – The Untrained Professionals
Shoemaker Square: 5:00 pm – The New Gospel Singaleers
6:30 pm – Quiet Enough (80s rock band)
Neville Street: Academy of Creative Arts
Word Park parking lot: 4-9 pm – Myers Amusements carnival rides
WVU Tech on Neville Street: Activities on their plaza and in their building
Federal plaza on Heber Street: 7:50 – Mia Bailey
8:00 pm – Awards ceremony
Plus, several booths plan to offer music and encourage line dancing