Third Annual Chili Fest to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Walk

Sophie Quesenberry

The Ashland Beacon


    Bowls of hot chili, live music and lots of family fun is what can be expected to be found this y -;ear at Active Day of Ashland’s Third Annual Chili Fest being held on Friday, September 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The festival will be held at the Active Day of Ashland Center, located across from Summit RV and beside Summit Giovanni’s.

    “All proceeds that we make this year will go towards the Alzheimer’s Association for this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said MaKaylen Genung, Center Director for Active Days of Ashland. “Our goal for this year is $2,000.” she added.

    The yearly event, hosted by the Active Day of Ashland, is expected to be bigger than ever before. Along with their usual attractions such as their regular chili meals and a silent auction, the festival is adding live musical entertainment and a vendor fair. “We had Solid Bridge play at our Family Fun Day last month, so we plan and hope to have them play at the festival this year.” said Genung.

    Vendors who are currently confirmed to set up shop at the chili festival are Tupperware, Lipsense, Premier Design's, The Jewelry Smith, Nonie-Made-It Crochet, Perfectly Posh, Paparazzi Jewelry, LuLaRoe, Scentsy, Pink Zebra, along with other vendors expected to make an appearance.

    As for the festival’s annual silent auction, Genung states that this year’s event includes a wide variety of possible winnings such as woodworks, various baskets donated by local businesses and cave tours to be given out by Carter Caves State Park.

    “Entry for the festival itself is free,” said Genung. “But the chili vendors are $5 each. That includes their chili, a bag of Fritos or Doritos, a cookie and a drink. The silent auction and the vendor fair are whatever attendees want to spend.”

     This year’s Chili Fest will also include a chili topping buffet, featuring staples such as: an assortment of crackers, sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapenos and hot sauce. Additionally, festival goers will be given the opportunity to take their chili meals home, with a to-go option for $5.

    “Since the Chili Festival is to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, we really encourage anyone and everyone to stop in,” said Genung. “Also, if anyone wants to join Team Active Day and walk with us on Walk Day on September 22, they can sign up during the festival as well.”

    For more information about the Chili Fest, visit the Active Day of Ashland Facebook Page or contact MaKaylen Genung or Toby Francoeur at 606.928.8119.