Virginia Chili Cook-Off Goes On Without Chili Competition

WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) -- The Virginia Chili Cook-Off in Shenandoah County caused some controversy when organizers announced there would be no chili competition or alcohol sales at the event.

According to the event Facebook page, organizers said there would be a chili tasting.

Organizers wouldn't give WHSV a press pass to go inside. The Shenandoah County Fair released a statement that said none of the teams in the cook-off got a temporary health permit.

With no alcohol license, people who purchased bottomless beer got their money back. The focus of the event switched to local bands.

Some people who attended the event had planned on going to the cook-off for months.

"The chili didn't really bother us, we was more about the music," said Travis Shifflett.

Others weren't so thrilled.

"You got a chili cook-off and no chili," said Dave.

"And you cancel it what, not even 24, 48 hours beforehand. Ok, take away the beer, I'm fine. But you take away the chili, what do you got left?" said Eric.

Organizers are working to get refunds. The event benefits breast cancer awareness.


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