Chili Challenge and Community Faire this weekend in Woodfords |

Chili Challenge and Community Faire this weekend in Woodfords

Staff reports

Fun for kids and adults is promised this weekend in Alpine County.

The second annual Woodfords’ Community Faire and Country Chili Challenge will offer games for kids at 25 cents each and entertainment throughout the day as well as a mouth-watering chili challenge.

Though the event is not a sanctioned chili cookoff, cooks compete for the pleasure of cooking in the outside air and for cash prizes to first though third places. Visitors at the fair buy tasting kits and vote for their favorite.

The fair and chili challenge is set for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Woodfords, Calif., located at the flashing yellow light south of Minden on Highway 88.

The fair will feature antiques, collectibles, crafts, arts and the senior citizens’ yard sale, and on Sunday morning, from 7 to 10 a.m. a pancake breakfast will be sponsored by the Alpine Christian Community Church. On the menu are pancakes, eggs, sausage and juice and coffee at $4.25 per person.

The dunk tank will offer anyone the chance to dunk a number of Alpine County dignitaries. Cost for two balls at the dunk tank is $1. A children’s wishing well is also planned.

Entertainment ranges from Highland dancers to guitar pickers, square dancers to a barbershop quartet.

Proceeds from the fair and chili challenge go to Alpine Kids, a program which offers outings, peer meetings and other programs to provide support and activities for families in Alpine County.

According to Edie Veatch, coordinator, the mission of Alpine Kids is to prevent child and spousal abuse and drug and alcohol abuse, reduce financial stress, fight feelings of prejudice and reduce isolation to community members.

The outings which Alpine Kids offers kids and their families help adults to see role models of parenting skills that work and give them a chance to learn from other parents.

Kids enjoy doing activities with their parents. Many of the activities, such as bowling or cross-country skiing, would be out of the financial reach for many low-income families.

“When a child can be with his or her parents, doing things that make both child and adult laugh, that child’s life must be better,” Veatch said.

The program is run solely by volunteers, she added.

Entertainment for the Woodfords Chili Challenge and Community Faire is co-sponsored by the Alpine Arts Commission, and the entire program is made possible in part by a grant from the California Arts Council, a state agency.