Another Havelock Chili Festival has come and gone, and this year's event appeared to be another good one.

Another Havelock Chili Festival has come and gone, and this year’s event appeared to be another good one.

A large crowd turned out on Friday night and gobbled up 13,000 chicken wings. That is no small achievement.

And then thousands more turned out Saturday to sample some of the best chili cooked in North Carolina.

Throughout the entire weekend, the weather cooperated perfectly. A cold front pushed through Friday evening to cool things down, and Saturday was bright, sunny and mild.

Though we feel for other area festivals such as the Seafood, Mullet and Mum, which had their own weather issues, one could not complain at all about the weather for the Havelock Chili Festival.

While the weather cooperated, so did the volunteers who make the annual festival possible. Scores of them delivered supplies to the cooks, emptied trash cans, parked cars and simply answered questions. They are the true backbone behind the festival and deserve credit.

As does Stephanie Duncan, head of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce that puts on the event, and Chili Festival Committee members. Events like this don’t just happen. They take months of planning and preparation and plenty of hard work.

Of course, what’s a festival without people, and you turned out in droves for the weekend event.

So here’s to everyone who made this year’s Havelock Chili Festival a successful one, and we hope for more success next year.