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Darrell Ward serves up Village Market chili to Mike Ghia at last year's chili contest to benefit the Saxtons River Rec Area. This year's event takes place Saturday, Oct. 22.

SAXTONS RIVER >> The hearty smells of chili will waft through the air Saturday, Oct. 22, as the Saxtons River Rec Area hosts its annual chili contest from noon to 2 p.m. in the yard at Main Street Arts on Main Street.

For a $5 fee, participants are entitled to endless samples of the chili entries, cornbread to cleanse their palates, and a ballot to choose their favorites in the individual and business categories. Proceeds benefit the Rec and its youth soccer program.

Businesses and individuals may register to participate in the contest by contacting Samantha Fletcher at 802-869-1407 (before 9 p.m., please).

The event features live music, a bake sale and other fundraising activities.

Rain site is the basement of Christ's Church.