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News Release: August 1, 2014

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov


Cary L. Sponaugle, Director of Sales & Marketing 304-866-4121, ext. 2671
Robert W. Gilligan, Park Supt., Robert.W.Gilligan@wv.gov

Canaan Amateur Backyard Chili / BBQ Cook-off looking for chefs

DAVIS, West Virginia – Canaan Valley Resort State Park is searching for amateur chili and barbecue chefs to participate in the annual Canaan Amateur Backyard Chili & Barbecue Cook-off, scheduled for Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the outdoor pavilion.

First, second and third prize winners will be selected for chicken BBQ, pork BBQ and red chili recipe. Prizes start at $500 cash for first place chicken and pork BBQ dishes and $300 cash for red chili recipe. One winner will be selected in the Verde (green) chili category and one People's Choice winner will be selected for both chili and BBQ dishes, splitting a 50/50 purse with one lucky spectator each.

"I look forward to this event every year here at Canaan Valley Resort," said General Manager David Herscher." As a backyard barbecue connoisseur myself, this event leaves no doubt as to who the best-of-the-best is in the area. Winners secure bragging rights for a whole year and walk away with some cash to boot."
Cook and vendor registrations are now being accepted. Call 304-866-4121;ext. 2678 for registration assistance or visit www.canaanresort.com.

As participants prepare their recipes, additional activities will include West Virginia craft vendors, eating contests, tastings to vote for the People's Choice awards, swimming, scenic chairlift rides, Turtle Slide tubing, Sporting Clays, DJ entertainment and much more.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park, located in Tucker County, is a four-season mountain destination and the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. In addition to the 160 new lodge rooms, the resort offers 23 cabins and cottages, 34 campground sites and more than 25,000 square feet of conference space consisting of 10 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall and an outdoor pavilion. Visit the resort website at www.canaanresort.com or call 800-622-4121 for information.


Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. 
Butch's Good Ol' Boy Chili is a past participant in Canaan Valley Resort State Park's Amateur Backyard Chili/BBQ Cook-off. Chefs are encouraged to register for the next event Aug. 9.