Red Hot in Hancock chili cookoff set for Oct. 12

WEIRTON — The Red Hot in Hancock charity chili cookoff is set to return for the fifth year.

Sanctioned by the International Chili Society, the annual cookoff will be held noon to 5 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Weirton Event Center, featuring chili tasting, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing, vendors and entertainment by local performing groups.

This year’s chili cookoff also will include pumpkin bowling and a Strike Ball tournament.

Categories for competition include red chili with no beans, verde (green) chili with no beans and homestyle, which can include beans, rice, potatoes, etc.

Monetary prizes will be presented for the first, second and third-place finishers in each category.

There also will be awards for sponsors’ choice and people’s choice.

Proceeds from the event will benefit A Child’s Place CASA, an organization which provides advocates for abused and neglected children in the Ohio Valley. Advocates are trained volunteers, appointed by a judge to represent the interests of the children in court and their daily lives.

Currently, the organization represents more than 1,100 children in Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia, and Jefferson County in Ohio.

Red Hot in Hancock is sponsored by the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, First Choice America Community Federal Credit Union, Maxwell Welding and Machine, JJ Guida Airport Realty, Holiday Lanes, Shooterz, IBEW Local 246 in Steubenville, Snyder Tires and the Local Roofers Union.

Last year’s cookoff saw 11 chili cooks preparing more than 30 entries.

For more information on the Red Hot in Hancock chili cookoff, go online to redhotinhancock.com.


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