Following months of discussions and planning, the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Lewis County Firefighters Association to co-sponsor the first annual “Almost Heaven Chili Challenge” during this year’s BBQ Bash on Saturday, June 17th at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV.
“The idea of a chili contest among WV Firefighters was suggested by our local Fire Chief late last summer, and formal discussions and meetings began with the Lewis County Firefighters Association in early November, and we’re excited it’s working out,” commented BBQ Bash organizer Jody Light.
The Chili Challenge will be limited to teams from fire departments in West Virginia, but the public gets to “taste and vote for their favorite” between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. Teams will set up Saturday morning and begin cooking their special recipe, so visitors can enjoy the delicious aroma of both championship BBQ and delicious chili. Event attendees can purchase 5 tickets for 5 samples and 1 voting token, for $5.00, then present their tickets for a sample from the dept./team of their choice, and vote for their favorite with the token provided. The winning team receives a customized award and cash prize – based on the number of tickets sold, so the more tickets purchased, the more funds go to the prize pool. Cash and trophies will also be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place teams.
Edsel Smith, President of the Lewis County Firefighters Association commented, “We’re pleased to partner with the BBQ Bash, and look forward to this being the first of many great chili contests during this event. We encourage our fellow departments to sign up soon, and hope their families, friends, and volunteers will come to support them on Saturday, June 17th at the BBQ Bash in Weston.”
The Lewis County Firefighters have already begun contacting all fire departments in West Virginia, and hope to entice several to participate for “Bragging Rights” to be the 1st Almost Heaven Chili Challenge Champions! Several area departments have already thrown down the gauntlet indicating their department has the “best” chili in the state – now it’s up to other units to step up to beat that challenge!
Check out our website and Facebook page for regular event updates on this and other activities during the 2017 Almost Heaven BBQ Bash – June 16-17th at the Trans-Allegheny
Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV.