Chili, hot peppers and fireworks take chill off at IceFest

January 29, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Pat Brown of Shepherdstown, W.Va., climbs off of an ice sculpture after she realized her family didn't join her on it Saturday at Ice Fest in Chambersburg, Pa.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — People packed the streets of downtown Chambersburg on Saturday to take advantage of IceFest's long list of activities.

The scents of chili seasoning and onions lured many into the chili cook-off and others happily posed by the ice sculptures while the more adventurous crowd sought out the 40-foot ice slide.

Barb Graham of Waynesboro, Pa., planned to throw caution — and her Atkins Diet — to the wind for one day and sample some chili.

"I can't eat the beans, but I'm going to eat them anyway today," Graham said with a smile. "I won't eat the really hot stuff, but I'll sample just about everything."

The ManorCare team was one of eight vying for the chili cook-off title.

Terry Carr was the team's cook.

"My chili is very thick. It has big chunks of meat and vegetables, and it has a sweet taste in the beginning and gets hot in the end," said Carr, who wouldn't divulge his secret ingredients. "It has a little kick, but it's not inedible."

ManorCare Admissions Director Lindsay Sattazahn said the team participated because it's a good way to be part of the community.

Taking first place in the chili cook-off was the Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club, which won $200. Second prize went to Eric Hadley, who won $100. Adams Hanover Counseling Service won third prize, $75; and the Young Lawyers from the Franklin County Bar Association won $100 for best booth.

Fourteen contestants put their taste buds on the line at the hot pepper-eating contest.

Bottles of water and soda lie on the table beside individual trays containing seven jalapeño peppers.

As Downtown Business Council Coordinator Tina Flohr heckled the participants, the all-male lineup guzzled water and munched to see how many peppers they could eat in two minutes.

Tears flowed down Andrew Martin's face after winning the contest, but they weren't tears of joy.

"It's hot. I've eaten a couple before but not that many," said Martin who swallowed seven to win. "I'll probably need Tums."

The 33-year-old Chambersburg man won $25 and a trophy for his effort.

Eleven-year-old G.W. Turner of Chambersburg might have looked like a wannabe Donald Trump striking a pose by the dollar sign in front of Sovereign Bank, but his mother, April, and father, Gerald, said he's more of a spender than a saver.

"I think it's fun because of the kids," April Turner said. "They get to see all the different sculptures. The kids can actually sit on some of them and get their picture taken, and of course there's the fair food. It's just a nice family activity that you can do."

This is the first year that Norma Fales of Mercersburg, Pa., came to IceFest.

"It's interesting to see how talented people can be to make these out of ice. The creativity is amazing," said Fales, who brought along her daughters, Sherry, 12, and Angel, 11.

New to IceFest was Icing on the Cake, presented by the Council for the Arts, which was held in the Woods Center.

Ten amateur participants from Franklin County, Pa., ages 17 to 50, used their artistic talent to craft edible artwork in the form of cakes.

The public voted for the cakes by making monetary donations for their favorites. The public was invited to sample the cakes following the 6 p.m. fireworks display.

"It was a way for us to help the community realize that art happens everywhere and art is a creative process," said Stacy Mellott, executive director of the arts council. "It's just another way for our community to realize what art is."


If you go

IceFest continues today with activities from noon to 4 p.m.

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