PARKERSBURG - Preparations began Friday for the second annual Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff.
The cookoff will be held at Point Park from noon to 3 p.m. today by the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Parkersburg Area Jaycees.
Chamber CEO/President Jill Parsons said Friday that advanced ticket sales were going better than last year.
"There are 15 to 17 entries," said Parsons. "They will be setting up (their personal booths) at various hours of the morning."
Parsons said the event was something different the chamber introduced last year and was well received by the community. About 15 chili cooks and nearly 300 tasters attended the first event. Parsons hopes to see both those areas increase.
The event is off to a great start this year, she said.
Those who entered their chili creations include individuals, businesses and organizations. There are plenty of tickets left, Parsons said Friday, and tickets will be sold at the event for $15.
The ticket price includes food, but not beverages, which will be available for cash purchase. Purchasing a ticket will gain the person a chance to sample all entries provided and every ticketholder will receive a commemorative mug.
"We are going to have awesome weather," said Parsons. "It will be chilly for the chili."