Harvest Festival Chili Cook-off

Roger Smith of Weaverville stirs up Roger & Mary’s Roasted Chili Pepper Chili during the Harvest Festival Chili Cook-off Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Highland Art Center meadow.

The North Fork Grange will host its 16th annual Trinity County Harvest Festival at the Highland Art Center meadow, 691 Main St. in downtown Weaverville. This event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Vendors provide artwork, crafts, specialty food products and other merchandise.

The Grange’s 16th annual Chili Cook-off signups are by 9 a.m. at the event or contact Ginger Shaw at 739-3445. Cook teams should make contact by phone to confirm participation. The judge’s briefing to contestants will be at 9 a.m. with cooking thereafter until 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 North Fork 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 Shaw for more information or an application.

The yearly raffle results will also be announced by the end of the event. This year’s raffle has the best room for a night at the Weaverville Hotel with gift certificates for two to the theater, one night’s stay for two at Indian Creek Lodge and dinner 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 one seat for a full day and Sweet Trinity Guide Service one seat full day, one-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 Trinity Lake Resort and Marina at Cedar Stock, Win River Resort one night stay and certificate for River Retreat Spa and more.

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

Vendor space is $35 but limited. First-come, first-served. Vendors do not wait. Apply early with Will Shaw at 623-0302 for spaces or send in your applications. Vendor applications are available on the North Fork Grange event bulletin board or through the Trinity 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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