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Second chili challenge set for Woodfords

Staff reports

The second annual Woodfords’ Community Faire and Country Chili Challenge offers fun and excitement for two giant days this year.

On tap will be antiques, collectibles, crafts, arts and the senior citizens’ yard sale. And that’s just for starters.

The chili challenge itself will provide some mouth-watering grub for tasting. Though the event is not a sanctioned chili cookoff, cooks compete for the pleasure of it and cash prizes to first though third places.

Winners will be judged by faire-goers who purchase chili-tasting kits each day by 2 p.m. The chili must be prepared at the site, with the only exception of beans, which may be precooked.

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.

Entertainment will keep everyone humming or dancing along, including the Johnson Lane Misfits Barbershop Quartet, singer-musician Chris Bayer, Bravetoes Highland Dancers, Erika Gocka Trio and Banjo Bill.

The Bucks ‘n Does Square Dancers will demonstrate their skills and Tammy Shannen Veatch will teach the macarena to the audience between sets. Master of ceremonies is Tony Varzos.

The dunk booth will feature many of Alpine County’s elected officials and dignitaries, including Sandy Cowen, Diamond Valley School principal; Dave Peets, tax assessor; Colleen Hemmingway, district attorney; Jim Parsons, superintendent of schools; Skip Veatch, sheriff; Earl O’Neal, school board member; Marilyn McKenzie, county auditor; Chris Gansberg, supervisor; and Barbara Jones, county clerk.

Cost for two balls at the dunk tank is $2.

A children’s wishing well is also planned.

A pancake breakfast on Sunday from 7 to 10 a.m. is sponsored by the Alpine Christian Community Church. On the menu are pancakes, eggs, sausage and juice and coffee at $4.25 per person.

Cooking breakfast will be well known Alpine County chefs Bobby Stephens and Gary Coyan, along with other volunteers.

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.

Entertainment 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.