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Woodfords Chili Challenge is this weekend

Staff Reports

The annual Woodfords’ Community Faire and Country Chili Challenge that benefits Alpine Kids, a support program for families in Alpine County, is coming up this weekend.

The event will offer plenty of fun, with entertainment, chili-tasting, booths and plenty of food.

The fair and chili challenge will be held Saturday and Sunday at the junction of highways 88 and 89 at the yellow flashing light in Woodfords.

The Ericka Gocka Trio will entertain Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., performing lush sounds from their current CD, says organizer Edie Veatch, director of Alpine Kids.

David John and the Comstock Cowboys, fresh from their appearance in the musical “Calico” at Virginia City’s Piper’s Opera House, will perform Sunday.

Chili-tasting kits will be available Saturday at 1 p.m. and those people who buy kits and taste the chili will vote for the winners beginning at 2 p.m. Cost is $2.

On sale will be collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, lots of food including Indian tacos, hot dogs and beverages.

Among items to be sold are tapestry vests and denim quilts, animals and flowers hand-painted on river rock, leather purses and belts, chimes, wood creations and dressed stuffed bears and rabbits.

Also at the fair and chili challenge, kids and adults will be able to take part in various games and activities, including the hit and fall dunk tank and pitch and win horseshoes, Veatch said.

On Saturday, chili cooking starts at 10 a.m. and tasting and judging begins at 1 p.m. There will be continuous entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

Chili cooks are the Alpine County Health Department’s Silly Chill-Out Chili; Sue O’Brien; Grover’s Corner with Dunn’s Done Chili; Carson River Resort; Valley Cruiser’s Car Club, Racers Chili; and Alpine Restaurant with its Laramie Street Chili, winners of 1996 and 1997 chili challenge.

Sunday, events are kicked off by a pancake breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will be cooked by Alpine Christian community Church and include pancakes, sausage juice and coffee for $3 per person or $10 for a family. Proceeds benefit the church.

Entertainment is planned from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., when live music takes over until 5 p.m. The Grover’s Corner’s barbecue is planned for Sunday.

Raffle drawings will be held during the fair and chili challenge to help support Alpine Kids.

Among the items to be given away are a $60 gift certificate for Michael’s Restaurant at the Carson Valley Inn, a one-night stay at Kirkwood, a master C graphite rod and Zebco heat reel at Hendrix’s Smith Creek Ranch, and other fishing-related prizes, dinners for two, gift certificates and wine.

Alpine Kids is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that serves families in Alpine County. The agency is recognized by the State of California as a gang prevention organization and a child abuse prevention and intervention organization.

Sponsors of the faire and chili challenge also include the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, California HIghway Patrol, Tahoe Women’s Center and the Alpine Tobacco Education Prop. 99 funding.

This is a non-smoking event.

For information, call Veatch at (530) 694-2934 or Paul Washam, (530) 694-2966.