Article Published: Jan. 29 | Modified: Jan. 29
The number of people attending WinterFest events on
Saturday was down slightly from the previous year. Most WinterFest organizers agreed that the
problem was not the weather in the High Country, but rather the icy road conditions in places like
Raleigh, Charlotte and Hickory.
Friday's weather was so bad off of the
mountain that the WinterFest concert featuring the Harris Brothers had to be canceled because they
could not get to Blowing Rock from their home in Caldwell County.
WinterFest Polar Plunge on Saturday morning, the event featured approximately 50 people who jumped
into Chetola Lake.
More than 500 people attended the WinterFest Chili
Challenge, and although the number of chili cooks competing was down from the past several years,
there was enough chili on hand to feed everyone until the event was
In the amateur division, Jean Lundy of Statesville came in third
place and won $100, Josh Bush of Blowing Rock came in second and won $200, and Kenny Jones won the
first prize of $350.
Canyons of the Blue Ridge won the restaurant division
and will display the Traveling Chili Challenge Award in its restaurant for next
Woodlands won the People's Choice
WinterFest Mascots Chilly and Crystal were married on Saturday in a
public ceremony at Blowing Rock Memorial Park. More than 200 gathered to hear Jimmy Crippen
officiate the ceremony.
WinterFest continued on Sunday with the WinterFest
Pancake Breakfast at the Blowing Rock School cafeteria and the Winter Paws Dog Show at the Blowing
Rock School gymnasium.
For more information on WinterFest, call the Blowing
Rock Chamber of Commerce at (828) 295-7851.