Chili and chicken wings highlight annual Havelock festival

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

“After 11 months of planning, it’s finally here,” said Stephanie Duncan, executive director of the chamber. “The wings have been ordered. The paper products have been ordered. Now we just need everyone to come out and do their part and enjoy it. It’s totally a community effort. The money that is raised goes right back into the community and does great things for not only Havelock but also the surrounding areas.”

This year’s festival benefits the Coastal Women’s Shelter, the Craven-Cherry Point Child Development Center/Easter Seals, Annunciation Catholic School, Havelock High School Band Boosters, the Cherry Point Young Marines and Early College East.

Duncan said help with the event is being given by the Criminal Justice Club of Craven Community College, One Harbor Church and the Cherry Point Single Marine Program.

The festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday with the chicken wings competition, with the winner determined by who serves the most. Tickets will be $5 each, which allows for tasting of five wings.

Also on Friday, judges will be deciding the best chili verde and salsa, although the salsa is not served to the public. The band Spare Change will perform all evening.

“We’ve ordered 15,000 wings,” Duncan said. “That’s a lot of chicken wings.”

The red chili competition is Saturday, with $1 sample bowls of chili being served starting at 10 a.m. The band Cold Biscuit will be performing periodically throughout the day beginning at noon. Awards will be given out at 3:30 p.m.

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