Visitors also will be able to participate in two different competitions during judging in the afternoon, said Jennifer Igo, who has been helping with the event for 14 years.
In the Frozen T-shirt contest, T-shirts that have been soaked in water and frozen repeatedly are given to participants. The first participant to break a T-shirt out of its ice, unfold it and put it on will receive a cash prize.
The other competition for visitors involves the opposite extreme. In the "Hot Pepper" contest, competitors are given a plate of particularly spicy peppers, which have included varieties like ghost peppers and jalapenos in the past. The first person to finish their plate of peppers and hold them down without drinking any water wins a cash prize. Participants must sign a release waiver before the event.
The cook-off wasn't always part of FestivALL, but FestivALL organizers approached the cook-off committee several years ago to ask if the group would be interested in being part of the larger event.
"Since then, it's been absolutely wonderful," Carnochan said. "We couldn't ask for a better partnership."
All proceeds from the event will benefit HospiceCare, a Charleston-based non-profit organization that specializes in in-home and out-of-home care for hospice patients and their families, including nursing, social work and counseling. This will be the 10th year that HospiceCare has been the primary charity for the cook-off.
Jeff Sikorovsky, marketing director for HospiceCare, said while the organization has grown to serve patients in 16 counties in central and southern West Virginia, it depends primarily on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. He said the chili cook-off and the Capitol City Biker Bash together provide over $1 million in funds for the agency, which helps it grow and serve more people.
"The community is what keeps us alive," he said.
HospiceCare will benefit from entry fees and the fees visitors pay to participate in the People's Choice awards and other contests. The agency also will run a beverage truck, from which water, soda and beer will be sold.
"It's a fun event for the family," Carnochan said. "We are just so excited and happy to be part of FestivALL."
For more information about registering for the cook-off, email chaschilicook...@yahoo.com.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.
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