No Chilli at ChilliFest
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Duh

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#1 Sep 15, 2012
Half the booths had signs out saying chilli will be ready in an hour or two and this was way before noon before the crowd was heavy. So people didn't even show up to their booth. This event is going downhill each year.
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Dirty

United States

#3 Sep 15, 2012
Does the health department check each booth before they are allowed to serve chilli ? I left this year without buying any chilli. I passed one booth and I heard this lady said "oh sh**." I looked and she dropped a spoon, picked it up off the ground and stuck it back in a pot. Then I saw a guy stick his finger in a pot to taste it. Maybe I should have said something to someone but I just left. I know worse stuff than this happens in the kitchen of restaurants but to do it in full view of the public is something else. I did notice a lot of tables set up with the names of groups that were assigned that tent/table who were a no show even at 2pm or did they run out of chilli and packed up and leave.
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Since: Nov 11

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#5 Sep 15, 2012
Lines were huge, good chili was had, and yes, a lot of the smaller organizations booths were out of chili early. It's always that way, I'm guessing because it's a charity event so the booths are basically just giving away chili. Still its for a good cause. Just go earlier next year.
NANCY

Kenna, WV

#6 Sep 15, 2012
Was great to see such a large crowd this year but I think the set up was poorly done. The tents and booths need to be set up next to the sidewalk leaving 3rd avenue more open for people to walk thru. I just finally gave up trying to push thru the crowed that I left after 45 minutes and didn't get to make it up and down to see who all had booths this year. I did notice that alot of space reseved for chilli teams was empty and they didn't show up. Do people pay to have a setup at chillifest ? I guess it was their loss of money and not mine. I also notice during the busiest time, the signs out saying that chilli would be ready in an hour or whatever time. But overall it was nice thing for Huntington to have.
who won

Charleston, WV

#7 Sep 15, 2012
So who won the categories?
ButtPucker

Huntington, WV

#8 Sep 15, 2012
Duh wrote:
Half the booths had signs out saying chilli will be ready in an hour or two and this was way before noon before the crowd was heavy. So people didn't even show up to their booth. This event is going downhill each year.
wtf
homeless Joe

United States

#9 Sep 17, 2012
The people's choice don't go for best chili just who donates the most money for Ronald McDonald house like G lovers it's suppose to be about Chili not getting donations

Since: Nov 11

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#10 Sep 17, 2012
homeless Joe wrote:
The people's choice don't go for best chili just who donates the most money for Ronald McDonald house like G lovers it's suppose to be about Chili not getting donations
Um, actually its all about raising money for the Ronald McDonald house these days. At least for the people's choice teams.

The perceived problem, in my opinion, is caused by the competition teams that make very little chili for public consumption. They can not even start cooking(competition chili) until a set time and if they are giving out their competition chili, they cant serve any of that until after they turn in for judging which is at a certain time(red chili is always last at events, therefore adding to the problem of booths seeming not giving out chili). Thus the "No chili till X" signs and the empty booths(why set up early if you cant start cooking till later?)

I think there should be a rule for the salsa/verde/red chili guys that they have to produce a minimum amount of chili for the public to compete in the event. I'm sure some already do but probably not a lot of them.

Overall though, its for a good cause. WSAZ, I think it was, said that Chili Fest has raised over $500,000 for Ronald McDonald house to date. I say good job Ron Smith, who has ran the event as long as I can remember. I'm looking forward to next year.
SUE

Proctorville, OH

#11 Sep 17, 2012
i was selling my body made a lot of money JB miller gave me 25 for a BJ

“What was that ?”

Since: Jun 12

Did You Something?

#12 Sep 17, 2012
It was for a worthy cause and I thought it was well run. I have a request for next year though a little less spice I had heartburn and my tongue felt like it was on fire for hours afterward.

Good turn out though.
classy

Huntington, WV

#13 Sep 17, 2012
homeless Joe wrote:
The people's choice don't go for best chili just who donates the most money for Ronald McDonald house like G lovers it's suppose to be about Chili not getting donations
g-lover chili won people's choice because they had the most tickets...which means they had the most people visit their booth and try their chili. There is a competition just for chili that the booths enter as well separately. This was g-lovers 4th year at winning people's choice so they are obviously doing something right. It's all for a great cause and if you read into the g-lover's tent and why they are called g-lover you'll love it even more.

Since: Nov 11

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#14 Sep 17, 2012
classy wrote:
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g-lover chili won people's choice because they had the most tickets...which means they had the most people visit their booth and try their chili. There is a competition just for chili that the booths enter as well separately. This was g-lovers 4th year at winning people's choice so they are obviously doing something right. It's all for a great cause and if you read into the g-lover's tent and why they are called g-lover you'll love it even more.
Pretty much, winning peoples choice is just a toss up between the couple booths that make huge amounts of chili which is cost prohibitive for many of the smaller booths. I've had the chili from 2-3 "large" booths that frequent chilifest in Huntington and it ranges from "meh" to "ugg".

If you want the better chili get there earlier while the small booths have chili or wait till the competitors do their turn in for red chili(or green if that's your thing)and start serving the remainder. Winning peoples choice has little to do with turning out quality chili, it's all about quantity.
Sandy Hooker

United States

#15 Sep 18, 2012
YFNA wrote:
<quoted text>Pretty much, winning peoples choice is just a toss up between the couple booths that make huge amounts of chili which is cost prohibitive for many of the smaller booths. I've had the chili from 2-3 "large" booths that frequent chilifest in Huntington and it ranges from "meh" to "ugg".

If you want the better chili get there earlier while the small booths have chili or wait till the competitors do their turn in for red chili(or green if that's your thing)and start serving the remainder. Winning peoples choice has little to do with turning out quality chili, it's all about quantity.
I agree Gay lovers was awful !

Since: Jun 11

Earth

#16 Sep 18, 2012
Duh wrote:
Half the booths had signs out saying chilli will be ready in an hour or two and this was way before noon before the crowd was heavy. So people didn't even show up to their booth. This event is going downhill each year.
It does get old. You walk to a booth & it's not ready the another isn't ready and another etc etc etc... Its honestly pretty annoying.

We didn't go this year as we had some other commitments and then the Marshall tailgate so we said no to Chilifest. One of the reasons we mentioned in deciding not to go was that 1/2 the booths don't even have Chili ready or at all.

Since: Jun 11

Earth

#17 Sep 18, 2012
YFNA wrote:
Lines were huge, good chili was had, and yes, a lot of the smaller organizations booths were out of chili early. It's always that way, I'm guessing because it's a charity event so the booths are basically just giving away chili. Still its for a good cause. Just go earlier next year.
Going early is not a remedy. You can go at the very start and booths are not ready. You can come a little later and they are not ready. It's a crapshoot really. There is no set time or the booths just blow it off and do what they want. I enjoy Chilifest and even though it has it's issues it's still a great event. You basically just have to get lucky with the Chilli or literally stay from start to end if you want it all.

Since: Nov 11

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#18 Sep 18, 2012
Mr_Awesome wrote:
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Going early is not a remedy. You can go at the very start and booths are not ready. You can come a little later and they are not ready. It's a crapshoot really. There is no set time or the booths just blow it off and do what they want. I enjoy Chilifest and even though it has it's issues it's still a great event. You basically just have to get lucky with the Chilli or literally stay from start to end if you want it all.
You are correct. If you want to try both the small booth "peoples choice" and the competition chili, you will have to get there early and stay late. I understand where this frustrates people and I wont do it either. I had a game to get to as well.

The competition cooks are just not interested in handing out free chili, it's not why they are there. I still think a rule change requiring them to have a minimum amount of chili for peoples choice would be a good thing for the festival.
Family

Massillon, OH

#19 Sep 18, 2012
Mr_Awesome wrote:
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It does get old. You walk to a booth & it's not ready the another isn't ready and another etc etc etc... Its honestly pretty annoying.
We didn't go this year as we had some other commitments and then the Marshall tailgate so we said no to Chilifest. One of the reasons we mentioned in deciding not to go was that 1/2 the booths don't even have Chili ready or at all.
. We went down around 12pm, after the first 3 booths we stopped at didn't have chilli ready yet, we went to Max & Erma's to eat then left.
lol

Rock Creek, WV

#20 Sep 18, 2012
There was no chili because YFNA ate everything.

Since: Nov 11

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#21 Sep 18, 2012
lol wrote:
There was no chili because YFNA ate everything.
I did try.
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Meyer

United States

#23 Sep 18, 2012
I am new to the area and this was my first time attending. Does this happen every year. Can you only buy chilli during a certain time ? I just saw people walking around, but no one eating chilli.

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