GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City Park will see the return of the annual Chili Fest on Oct. 3.
According to Mark Ward, Ohio River Live board president, the event starts at noon. Admission is free and the event is open to people of all ages.
Bratwursts and hot dogs will be available, along with alcoholic beverages that will be sold in an enclosed area. Identification must be provided to consume alcohol. Of course, chili will be the chief course served to event-goers.
Paul Doeffinger is expected to perform at the fest at noon.
“He’s an acoustic solo artist,” Ward said. “He’s going to play classic tunes from several genres. He does a little country and a little rock ‘n roll, too.”
New Jasper Station is anticipated to play at 2 p.m. According to Ward, they consider themselves “new grass” act. The group consists of members from the Billy Two Shoes Project and the Magic Mama Band. The group will be donating its proceeds toward the Gallia County Outreach Center.
The Stringbenders will take the stage at 4 p.m. An acoustic duo, Ward said the pair had a wide base of music from which they drew inspiration and were difficult to label by genre.
Ben Davis Jr. and the Dirt Poor Troubadours shall serve as the final act at 6 p.m.
“I’ve seen them play a number of times. They’re a very tight and talented act,” Ward stated about Ben Davis Jr. and The Dirt Poor Troubadours. Ward said the band does a lot of original work and that is something he always tries to support.
As the main act, Ben Davis and the Dirt Poor Troubadours will be performing last. The band fuses its own version of alternative country and Americana. Ward said though that one needs to “hear them to really understand what they’re about” as the band takes inspiration from many places and that it is often hard to label a band’s style because each one is unique.
Having continued over a decade, the chili fest has served as a competition for local organizations, businesses and individuals.
“For anyone who wants to participate, they can go to www.ohioriverlive.com and download applications and rules. It’s all right there on the home page of our site,” Ward said.
“Ohio River Live (is) a nonprofit organization and we were founded by a group of local Gallipolis citizens who wanted to do something to give back to the community. We put on these live events to not only bring some commerce to Gallipolis, but to promote tourism,” Ward said. “We’re taking over the chili fest after having helped the chamber in past years. People don’t need to worry, though. We’re going to keep the event as traditional as possible for those who have enjoyed it in the past.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.