Red Hot chili cookoff set for Saturday

CHILI COOKOFF — Christopher Smith, of Weirton, was among participants in 2016’s Red Hot in Hancock chili cookoff event. This year’s event is set for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Weirton Event Center. Admission is free. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — An internationally sanctioned chili event will be returning to the Tri-State Area.

Red Hot in Hancock is set to present its annual chili cookoff event “Chili for Children, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Weirton Event Center.

There is no cost for admission to the cookoff, which is sanctioned by the International Chili Society.

All proceeds will benefit A Child’s Place Court Appointed Child Advocates.

CASA provides trained advocates for children involved with the court system in Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia, and Jefferson County in Ohio.

There will be four categories for participants: red chili, chili verde (green chili), homestyle and salsa.

In the red chili and chili verde categories, entrants will be judged on the meat and sauce, and chili cannot contain any beans. The homestyle category may contain beans, or even pasta, potatoes or rice.

The total prize purse for the event is $1,400.

Chili tasting tickets are available at a cost of $1 for two tickets.

The cookoff also will include prize drawings, a silent auction, vendors and live entertainment. There also will be a drawing for a 2004 Carolina Custom Harley-style motorcycle. Tickets are available now at Marsh’s Hardware in Weirton, Gabby’s Again in Follansbee, or Audio Concepts in Steubenville.

For more information, or to enter or donate, go online to