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Waterfront Chili Cook-off
The 10th Annual Chili Cook-Off is held at the end of October on the waterfront at Oriental Inn. In 2016, 12 chefs prepared 60 gallons of chili and competed for People’s Choice, Judges Picks or both, plus bragging rights. Admission is $10 and all proceeds go to support The Old Theater fund.
Head over to the Silos after the cook-off for a beer or glass of wine and, if you are lucky, some live music. On the way, look for the many dragons that can be spotted throughout the town, as well large rocks painted as hatching dragon eggs. (The town celebrates New Years Eve with the “running of the dragons” and has a dragon boat festival in August.)