10/5/19 CHILI NIGHT in Downtown Beckley
Written by Lola Rizer on September 24, 2019
The 29 th Annual Chili Night to fill the streets of Beckley!
Beckley’s 29 th annual Chili Night will be held on Saturday, October 5 along the streets of
downtown Beckley from 5:00 to 8:30 pm. The event will feature 45 chili participants, along with
30 other exhibit/vendor booths, and a variety of entertainment. Chili Night has become a
fall tradition in southern West Virginia. In addition to the fall traditions of carving pumpkins,
viewing fall foliage and watching football, folks in our area also enjoy creating and sampling
chili recipes and attending the festivities during Chili Night.
Participants in the chili competition include restaurants, non-restaurant businesses,
organizations, and individuals. In addition to 40+ regular chilies, some of the participants are also
preparing spicy and/or specialty chili recipes such as vegetarian, white chicken chili, BBQ,
green, pork, and alligator jerky chili, so about 60 different chilies will be represented during the
event. Fourteen new chili participants registered this year to go along with 30 returning chili
vendors. Panels of celebrity judges will select their favorite chili in the four categories, plus the
most unique specialty chili and best tasting spicy chili. The public can vote for the Peoples’
Choice with voting coins distributed with admission. The $5 admission includes five sample
tickets and a voting coin. Other booths will offer drinks and other food (such as pepperoni rolls,
kettle corn, funnel cakes, roasted corn, BBQ, baked goods and more), along with pop-up shops
or informational booths. All of the booth spaces have been filled, so registration for booth space
is now closed.
Advance ticket sales will be available beginning September 25 at the Youth Museum,
Beckley Exhibition Mine, Black Knight Golf Shop or City Hall – cash or credit card. Only cash
sales will be accepted at ticket booths during the event. Even with advance tickets, attendees are
encouraged to arrive by 7 p.m. on event day as chili supplies go fast. During the event, ticket
booths will be located on Neville Street near Word Park and at United Bank on Main Street,
selling tickets from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Chili Night shirts will be sold at the event headquarters on
Most of the chili vendors will be set up along Neville & Main Streets, while other
vendors will be located in Shoemaker Square, the Word Park lot, and parts of Heber & Main
Streets. The streets will be blocked for set-up after 2:30 pm. Free visitor parking will be available
at the Beckley Intermodal Gateway and metered parking spots are free on weekends.
In addition to tasting chili recipes, attendees can enjoy a variety of musical entertainmentat several stages (see schedule). Myers Amusements will offer a few carnival rides in the lot
beside of Word Park. Active Southern WV will offer a children’s obstacle course at Shoemaker
Square. Several of the booths plan to offer music, line dancing and/or games.
The organizing committee requests that attendees do not bring pets, skateboards or
coolers to the event. The event normally attracts a large crowd, so for everyone’s safety, dogs
will not be allowed. Also, the police department encourages parents with children under the age
of 15 to please accompany their children during the event.
Chili Night is organized by the Beckley Events Committee and the City of Beckley. Jill
Moorefield of Beckley Events says “Our committee is grateful for the community’s support of
this event. The chili participants put a lot of effort into making their chili and decorating their
booths. The money raised from ticket sales assists our committee to be able to offer events
throughout the year. We appreciate the event sponsors – City National Bank, Best Ambulance,
Jan Care Ambulance, Beckley ARH, McDonald’s, along with generous local media support and
volunteers from our committee, youth council, festival royalty, and United Bank employees.”
For more information, visit www.beckley.org or “Beckley Events” on Facebook.
Chili Night – October 5 th Entertainment Schedule:
Word Park gazebo: 5:00 pm – Saylor and Jayden Miller 6:30 pm – Buddy Allen and Cheat River Band
Main Street Stage: 5:00 pm – Piney Creek Canyon Band 7:00 pm – The Untrained Professionals
Shoemaker Square: 5:00 pm – The New Gospel Singaleers 6:30 pm – Quiet Enough (80s rock band)
Active SWV Obstacle Course
Neville Street: Academy of Creative Arts
Word Park parking lot: 4-9 pm – Myers Amusements carnival rides
WVU Tech on Neville Street: Activities on their plaza and in their building
Federal plaza on Heber Street: 7:50 – Mia Bailey 8:00 pm – Awards ceremony
Plus, several booths plan to offer music and encourage line dancing