The annual NC Chili Festival be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17 in Havelock, and has a long history of raising funds to give to local nonprofit organizations in the community.
Proceeds benefit a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Cherry Point Young Marines, Craven-Cherry Point Child Development Center, Girl Scouts, March of Dimes and the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. In its more than 30 years, the NC Chili Festival in Havelock has donated more than $215,000 back to the community.
The competition is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and awards nearly $3,000 in prize money. The winner of each competition has the opportunity to represent the state in the world championships in 2016.
The festival is held at Walter B. Jones Park, Havelock and covers a two-day span of events and entertainment. From 5-9pm on Friday guests can expect a chicken wing and chile verde competition and a live music. On Saturday, the red chili competition will be from 10am-4pm.
In addition to the competitions and live music there will be arts and crafts, food, vendors and live entertainment throughout the festival grounds each day, along with displays from MCAS Cherry Point and the City of Havelock. Activities for the children are planned, such as bounce houses and slides, face painting, race cars and fire trucks. Food vendors have everything from funnel cakes to crab dip and a large variety of non-alcoholic beverages are available. Parking is free, plentiful and within easy walking distance.