The annual chili cook-off and community event continues

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Fairview on the Green provides a variety of family friendly activities.The Fairview on the Green annual event returns this weekend after a shaky start.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Friends of Fairview will host the city’s signature event that lost funding in February.

“I love bringing the event to the city,” said Barbara Jones, last year’s coordinator. “It’s really geared toward family, and everybody has fun.”

The seventh annual celebration almost disappeared when the Fairview City Council voted to withdraw its financial support, but Friends of Fairview and the Reynolds Youth Football Association, a nonprofit group that offers athletic opportunities to underprivileged youth, pledged to raise the $20,000 necessary to save the signature festival. Although they came $12,000 short of their goal, Fairview on the Green will return once again to Fairview Community Park.

“We have tremendous community support,” said Brian Cooper, this year’s coordinator. “It’s been a grueling effort, but we managed to pull together enough to put on a festival.”

Fairview on the Green started as a way to bring arts and crafts to the community but in 2004 expanded to become a multidimensional event featuring a variety of activities.

The celebration is known for its chili cook-off competition, where families can taste variations of red and “people’s choice” chili and salsa. A panel of judges will judge the red chili and salsa, and families will select the winner of the “people’s choice” chili using $2 taste tickets.

Local competitors bring their own recipes and ingredients but adhere to guidelines set forth by the International Chili Society. In previous years, the selected winner continued on to the district competition and, if successful, to the nationals in Las Vegas, but this year the chili prize winners will receive $350 for first place and $100 for second. The salsa winner will receive $100.

For those who don’t like chili, food such as hot dogs, strawberry shortcake, pizza and kettle corn will be available for purchase.

Activities including a climbing wall and inflatable play area will be available for children, and thirsty adults will enjoy a beer garden on site.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Vendors will sell arts and crafts at the seventh annual community celebration. Geno Michaels and Soul City DJ Scott Tom will provide musical entertainment, and vendors will sell jewelry, books, wood carvings and other art.

“The festival needs to continue,” Cooper said. “It’s always had a special place in the community. It brings great value, livability and image to the city.”

Admission to the festival is free. Proceeds from chili tasting tickets and food sales benefit the Reynolds Youth Football Association.

For more information and to enter the chili cook-off contest, visit

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