Thousands turned out for hot wings, chili and salsa

Shannon Hudson, left, of Havelock, feeds sons Gabriel and Nathanael, 4, red chili at the festival.

Shannon Hudson, left, of Havelock, feeds sons Gabriel and Nathanael, 4, red chili at the festival.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 05:30 PM.

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Intermittent rain didn’t dampen charitable spirits as thousands still turned out for the 32nd annual Havelock Chili Festival on Friday night and Saturday.

“I was surprised at the numbers of people that stayed out in the rain to enjoy the festival,” said Stephanie Duncan, executive director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the annual fund raiser in Havelock’s Walter B. Jones Park.

Duncan admitted that there were less than the typical 20,000-plus that have attended the event in past years.

On Friday night, 15,000 chicken wings were sold plus thousands of cubs of green chili. On Saturday, an untold number of cups of red chili were sold, all to raise money for Havelock-area charitable groups.

Deanna Reed, of Havelock, loved the wings. “I’m not a spicy type of person and it’s got the perfect amount of bite,” Reed said.



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