If you weren't in downtown Marion this past Saturday, you most definitely missed out on the biggest event of the year. From the chili teams competing for the championship title, to car enthusiasts showing off their rides, to an unforgettable music lineup featuring Jigsaw Jane, NewTown Band, Marcus Boyd Band, Annabelle's Curse, Virginia Ground, and Folk Soul Revival - the event was by far a night to remember.
"Last year we expanded the event, and it proved to be one of the best decisions my organization has ever done," said Olivia McDonald, executive director of Marion Downtown and the events coordinator. "With record crowds, this is by far the biggest weekend in Marion every year. When you double the Town of Marion's population for a one-day event, it's really an amazing view to see."
In case you missed it:
31st Annual Marion Downtown Chili Championship
1st place - Blue Ridge Job Corps - Team "Winners Chili"
2nd place - Wytheville Community College - Team "Dr. Chili Pepper"
3rd place – Highlands Fellowship Church - Team "Maui in Marion Chili"
People's Choice – MFK Gamecalls - Team "The Greatest Chili"
Chili Wimp - Affordable Pest Control - Team "Bug Juice Chili"
Showmanship Award - Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County - Team "Roots Chili"
Shine n' Show Car Show sponsored by The Automotive Connection, Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club and WOLD
Car show Best of Show winner - Ralph Hancock for his 1957 Chevy Truck
Motorcycle Best of Show winner - Mike Snyder for his 2015 Harley Davidson Road Glide
Car show People's Choice winner - Ben Davidson for his 2013 Mustang
Participant's Choice winner - Grady Hawkins for his 1947 Dodge D-24
Remaining Top Twenty Participants include:
Jeff Davidson - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
Will Vanhoozer - 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
James Farmer - 1986 Chevrolet Pickup
Bobby Betty - 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle
Ivan Ross - 1977 Ford Pickup
David Sutphin - 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
David Jones - 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
Darrell Powers - 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
Mike Long - 1951 Chevrolet Pickup
Don Blevins - 1930 Ford Model A
Bruce Manis - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Tom Steel - 2011 Ford Shelby GT 500
Randy Hawkins - 1971 Chevrolet Camaro
Bear Smith 0 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
Hungriest Mother Great American Food Challenges
27 Lions Pizza Eating Contest - Justin Johnson
Wooden Pickle Food & Spirits Pickle Eating Contest - Michelle Zaffato
Macado's of Marion Hot Wing Eating Contest - Louis Mascari
Sisters Cafe & Gift s Chocolate Cream Pie Eating Contest - Akhil Sridher
Hester's Country Store & Fudgery Pickled Egg Eating Contest - William Lee
Charlie's Sub's Philly Cheese Steak Eating Contest - Chris Somerville
Highway Drive-In Dip Dog Eating Contest - Michael Karnes
Marion Downtown Mountain Dew Chug Contest - William Evans
Thanks to our sponsors:
The Town of Marion
Mountain States Health Alliance
The Bank of Marion
The Automotive Connection
East Main Rides
Blue Ridge Beverage
Mountain View Ford
Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club
WOLD "The Bull"
General Francis Marion Hotel & Conference Center
Macado's of Marion
Special Thanks to:
All our volunteers - you all are absolutely wonderful!
Marion Downtown Board of Directors
The Art League
The Town of Abingdon
All our participating downtown businesses
The Town of Marion Public Works
The Marion Police Department
Marion Fire/EMS Department
The Smyth County Sheriff’s Department
Virginia State Police
Macados of Marion
Sisters Cafe and Gifts
Hester's Country Store & Fudgery
All the chili teams
All the car show participants
All the vendors
And all who came out to support the event and have fun!