Chili and chicken wings highlight annual Havelock festival


Catelyn Tobin, of Havelock, gets into the spirit of last year’s Havelock Chili Festival. This year's festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Walter B. Jones Park in Havelock.

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Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 04:51 PM.

Mike Singleton has been home all week preparing for the 32nd annual Havelock Chili Festival Friday and Saturday at Walter B. Jones Park.

Singleton, of Havelock, won the chicken wings competition at last year’s event and is looking to repeat on Friday to kick off the two-day festival.

“I’ve been putting together my spices, checking out my gear and getting the People’s Choice red chili ready to go,” Singleton said Tuesday. “We’ll bring five gallons of red and five gallons of chili verde for 10 gallons total.”

He’s not the only one.

Last year’s red chili champion, David Lorenz, was zooming around New Jersey Tuesday on the hunt for a good hunk of beef for his entry in the competition.

“Right now I’m headed to the market to see if I can get a different grade of tri-tip,” Lorenz said, competing with the rumble of freeway traffic.

Bob Gambichler, director of Nutrition Services at Carteret General Hospital, placed fourth in the red chili competition last year and is raring to improve his finish.

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