The North Fork Grange will host the 16th annual Trinity County Harvest Festival this Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Highland Art Center meadow on Main Street in downtown Weaverville. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors provide artwork, crafts, specialty food products, and other merchandise.

The North Fork Grange 16th annual Chili Cook-Off sign ups are by 9 a.m. at the event or contact Ginger Shaw at 739-3445. Cook teams please make contact by phone to confirm your participation. The judge’s briefing to contestants will be at 9 a.m. with cooking from 9 to noon. Taster’s Choice will start at noon.

Everyone gets a taste of each contestant’s chili and then votes for their favorite. Each vote cast is important for the winner with awards in addition to cash for judged and People’s Choice. The winner gets bragging rights for one year and a place on Trinity County’s Chili Champion’s plaque “Wall of Flame” displayed at the N.F. Grange Hall in Junction City.  

Judging will be completed by 3 p.m. with the results to be announced. The more chili sold the higher the winning prize. Cook teams must provide all their materials and supplies for this event. Contact Ginger Shaw at 739-3445 for more information or an application.

The Grange’s yearly raffle results will be announced by the end of the event. For tickets call Roger Smith at 623-7230. This year’s raffle has the best room for a night at the Weaverville Hotel with gift certificates for two to the Trinity Theatre, one night’s stay for two at Indian Creek Lodge and dinner for two at the Café. There is golf for two at Trinity Alps Golf and Country Club with a $50 dinner certificate, guided fishing trips with Steve’s Trinity Guide Service, and with Sweet Trinity Guide Service, both one seat for a full day; a half-day of rafting with Trinity River Rafting; full-day raft for six from Old Bridge Rafting; one day free rental of a patio pontoon boat “Old Smokey” at Suntex Marina at Cedar Stock; Win River Resort one night stay; and certificate for River Retreat Spa and more.

This year’s Harvest Festival features vendors, exhibits, local fire departments, chili cook-off, raffle, food and music throughout the day beginning with the Weaverville Community Band 11 a.m. to noon, then featuring Mojito and closing with the Conrad Gulch Ramblers.

Wine will be available provided by Curvy Road Winery from Hayfork and Sacred Farms. Beer on tap. Vendor space is only $35 but limited. First-come, first-served. Apply with Will at 623-0302 for spaces or send in your applications. Vendor applications are available on the North Fork Grange event bulletin board or through Trinity County Visitor Center. For more information about vendor spaces or to volunteer and support any of the North Fork Grange events contact California Deputy State Grange Master Will Shaw at 623-0302. 

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