Chili Night in Beckley cancelled

(Brad Davis/The Register-Herald) Jan-Care EMT Chris Puckett pours chili cups at a furious pace as customers line up to feast on their offering during Chili Night festivities Saturday night in downtown Beckley.

Beckley’s 2020 Chili Night is canceled due to Covid-19 concerns and the demolition activity happening on Main Street.

Tuesday would have normally been the deadline for vendors to register for the event, which was scheduled for Oct. 3.

Beckley Events’ committee inquired with Health Department officials and discussed if there could be a safe way to have the event. It was decided that instead of having it, memories from the past 29 years of Chili Night will be shared on Beckley Event’s Facebook page during the event week.

The 30th Annual Chili Night will be postponed until Oct. 2, 2021.

Chili Night normally attracts 5,000 to 10,000 people along the streets of downtown Beckley to enjoy chili and entertainment, with more than 40 chili vendors and 25 other vendors participating. So, the event is too large of a gathering to be able to do it safely this fall.

Thanks to everyone who has participated or attended in the past.

The committee encourages everyone to order chili at a local restaurant during the first week of October in honor of the event.

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