Beckley’s 17th annual Chili Night will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday along Main, Heber and Neville streets.

The event will feature 46 chili participants, plus more than 20 other booths, and a variety of entertainment.

Participants in the chili competition include seven in the restaurant/catering category, 16 non-restaurant businesses, 17 organizations and six individuals.

Some of the participants are preparing spicy and/or specialty chili recipes. Panels of celebrity judges select their favorite chili in the four categories, plus the best tasting spicy chili and most unique specialty chili.

The public can vote for the People’s 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, other food and items. An awards ceremony is scheduled about 8:15 p.m. near the Federal Plaza on Heber Street.

Five ticket booths will be located along Neville, Heber and Main streets on Saturday.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive on Saturday before 7 p.m. as chili supplies go fast.

Do not bring coolers, dogs or other pets to the event.

Beer sales / drinking will be limited to the beer garden area on Main Street near Kanawha Street.  Anyone with alcohol on the streets outside of the beer garden will be asked to dispose of it.

In addition to tasting chili recipes, attendees can enjoy music and dancing under the stars at several stages.

Entertainment at the James Word Park on Neville Street will include Terry Gunther and Friends at 5:30 p.m., and Darrell Ramsey (known as “Double D”) and friends from Riverchase will take the stage from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

The Beckley Blaze cheerleaders may do a routine during the break between bands. 

The Shoemaker Square gazebo will feature Beckley Idol finalists at 5 p.m., followed by karaoke at 6 and the Gospel Singaleers from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A stage near the intersection of Fayette Street and Main Street will also offer blues and boogie music by Barrelhouse Bonni and Bob Redd from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Amber Gypsy Dancers will be at the Federal Plaza area on Heber Street about 7:15 p.m. 

In addition, the Renegade World Record Music Marathon will be going on all weekend at SMT Arts Center where DJ Renegade attempts to break a World Record.

“We are amazed at the community spirit and support for this event. We appreciate the chili participants — they put a lot of effort into making their chili and decorating their booths,” Jill Moorefield said. Chili Night is organized by Beckley Renaissance’s Events Committee and it is the organization’s biggest fund-raiser of the year.

For more information about the group’s events, visit www.beckley.org.

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