Fall Chili Cook Off & Craft Market Set For November 5th in Monterey


A new event in the Highland community is set for Saturday, November 5th at The Highland Center in Monterey.

Rachel Hiner, the Highland County Farmers Market Manager, is organizing it.

“We were just hanging out at work and thinking about different ways to have another fun event after the Farmers Market was over and, hopefully, maybe raise a little money,” says Hiner.

The event is the 1st annual Fall Chili Cook Off and it will also feature a craft market, food vendors and live music.  The Chili Cook Off winners will be determined by the votes of those in attendance.   Prize money will be awarded to the top three favorites: $150 for first prize, $100 for second prize and $50 for third prize.

“We’re just doing the Fall Chili Cook Off as kind of a fun event for the fall, maybe a little fundraiser for The Highland Center programs, and just bringing people together with all the fall harvest bounty,” says Hiner.   “It’s on November 5th at 12pm.  You can sign up on The Highland Center website, it’s www.thehighlandcenter.org/chili  There’s all the information there.  We’re also going to do a little crafts market.  The vendors can sign up with the same registration form. “

You need to sign up to reserve your spot as a chili cook, a food vendor or a craft vendor.  The event offers unlimited chili tasting and there is no entry fee for chili cooks.  Cooks must be set up and ready to serve at noon.

The Fall Chili Cook Off and Craft Market is Saturday November 5th from 12 noon to 2pm, indoors, at The Highland Center in Monterey.   Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

For questions, email farmersmarket@thehighlandcenter.org

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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