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Hurricane hosts Harvest Festival, Chili Cookoff Saturday

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 09:15 AM

HURRICANE -- The City of Hurricane will bring some heat to the cooler days of fall during its Harvest Festival and Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Oct. 12.

It's also the City of Hurricane's 125th birthday.

The free festival will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Hurricane City Park on Teays Valley Road.

It will include inflatables for children, hay rides, carnival games, face painting, fire trucks, a petting zoo, pony rides, buggy rides, free cotton candy and popcorn, and several vendors offering food, drink, crafts and more.

Apple butter making will start at 8 a.m.

The evening will culminate with music from Change of Heart and the Maryetta Ambassadors, and a fireworks display.

This year's Harvest Festival Chili Cookoff offers a chance for hundreds of dollars in prize money. First place is $300; second place is $200; third place is $100, and People's Choice is $100.

Chili Cookoff rules:

Contestants should arrive at 4 p.m.

Each contestant must have two gallons of chili prepared.

A number will be assigned on arrival.

Each contestant will be given three, 6-ounce cups to fill for the judges. Contestant number must match number on bottom of cups.

Judges will be seated at the judge's table, and someone will come around and pick up contestants' cups for the judges. Judges will be at their table by 4:30 p.m.

Tasting for People's Choice will be from 5-5:30 p.m.

Chili will be judged on aroma, consistency, taste and color.

Tasting cups and spoons will be supplied.

Contestants are invited to decorate their tables and have a great time.

Winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

For more information about the chili cookoff, contact Melissa Runyon at 304-562-5896.