From staff reports
A marching band, veterans, and guest speaker will be featured during the festivities at Winston County’s annual Veterans’ Day Parade on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and a ceremony will immediately follow. The parade will start in front of the Chamber office and move up Church Street, down Main Street and end at Columbus Avenue. After a short program, a wreath will be laid in honor of all the veterans.
“South in Your Mouth” Chili
Following, the Veteran’s Day parade, the 10th annual Harvest Festival for downtown will kickoff at 11 a.m. The festival main attraction will pit teams against one another to see who cook the best chili.
There will be much chili available for sampling by the masses, who will fill closed-off avenue Saturday to be entertained and help find the best chili cook among the competitors.
“It’s the 10th anniversary of the event, and we really concentrated on changing up the dish to be served and get more teams involved,” said Linda Skelton, Chamber director
The tasting will be ongoing from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. with all ballots turned in by 2 p.m. for final tallying.
The winners will be in several categories. People’s Choice: 3rd place $200, 2nd place $350, 1st place $500.00. Judge’s Choice: 3rd Place $300; 2nd Place $600; and 1st Place $1000 and Chili Trophy.
An award for the team with the booth that exhibits the most chili spirit will also be given: 3RD place $75; 2nd place $150; and 1st place $300.
Attendees buy a $5 tasting kit, which allows them samples of all the entered chilis.
Chamber and merchants is the downtown Halloween Trick or Treating set for Oct. 31. Participating merchants will pass out candy to children in costumes from 4 to 5 p.m.
Upcoming Chamber events
October 31 – Ribbon Cutting for Little Caesars in the Cato Shopping Center
October 31- Halloween Trick or Treat with Participating Merchants 4:00 pm
November 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Emmanuel Ridge Care Center 11:00 am
November 1 – Ribbon Cutting for Main Street Medical at 1:00 pm
November 2 – Veterans Parade and Program 11:00 am
November 2 – South in Your Mouth Harvest Cook-Off
November 9 – Jingle Bell Jubilee Open House 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
November 10 – Jingle Bell Jubilee Open House 1:00 – 4:00 pm
November 11 – Fly Over Honoring Veterans and the first display of American Flags on the 15/25 By pass in Front of Wal-Mart at 9:30 am
November 15 – Ribbon Cutting for Shelley Thomas’ new business Thomas Leadership Consultants at 2:00 PM (beside Winston Furniture Company)
November 21 – Ladies Night Out Shopping
December 9 – Christmas Parade 5:30
December 10 – Noxapater Christmas Parade
December 12 – Open House at Chamber of Commerce 12:00 – 1:00 pm
December 14 – Carl Jackson Home for Christmas Concert.
December 19 – Cider Sippin City Shoppin’ Ladies Night Out.