Monday, October 05, 2009

Fayetteville Main Street Hosts 1st Annual Chili Cook-off

The autumn season is fast approaching, and Fayetteville Main Street is welcoming in the season with a variety of events and opportunities for local residents, many of which happen on Saturday, October 24. The newest endeavor is Main Street’s first annual Chili Cook-off.

Novices and experienced, kitchen pros are invited to take part in a fun competition to see who has Fayetteville’s best bowl of chili. Main Street Director, Brian Wismer, elaborates, “We have heard comments from the community to do this, so we were excited to find a spot on our event calendar where we could make this happen.” Prizes will be awarded for first place and first runner-up, but the focus is on bringing the community together for an afternoon of fun activities.

Also that same day at the Gazebo, residents can shop at an extended Market Day from 10am-6pm. This will be the final Market Day of 2009, as most of the produce vendors have reached the end of the growing season. “Don’t worry”, says Wismer. “They’ll be back again next year just as soon as the crops are ready!” Many people this year have enjoyed coming to Market Day at the Gazebo in Downtown Fayetteville where vendors have sold their homemade and homegrown products.

If that wasn’t enough, history buffs and thrill-seekers can take part in guided cemetery tours that Saturday night from 6.30-8.30pm. Sponsored by the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum, tourists will be guided to notable gravesites where they will hear from the “ghosts” of Fayetteville’s past describe their lives in the 19th and early 20th century. That same weekend also hosts a long-standing tradition for kids of all ages. The Pumpkin Festival and Trick or Treat on Main Street, will be a fun spectacle around the square. Families are encouraged to come downtown and enjoy the kid’s rides and activities that will be interspersed between the Market Day and Chili Cook-off, and kids will be able to visit the downtown businesses for trick-or-treating and compete in a costume contest. Vendors or individuals wishing to participate in any of these festivities should call 770-719-4173 for more information. They can also download the registration forms from the city website,

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