Chillyfest 2016

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It’s not just about chili!
Jamie Koebke
Business Editor
Downtown Port Huron hosted the annual Chillyfest on Friday, Jan 22 and Saturday, Jan 23. Chillyfest, held at multiple places downtown, brought people of all age groups out to the event.
The event offered a variety of events for the family. Ice sculpture carving, chili cook off, live music, bed races that included business teams in town, Orthopedic Associates being one of them, and a penguin hunt for the kids – there was something for everyone.
A Little Something shop downtown offered a free hot cocoa bar on Friday night. They were among the local business that participated in Chillyfest.
Macy Wurmlinger, 17 of Port Huron said, “I think it’s awesome that business are willing to host and participate in free events for the community!”
The Chili cook off and tasting started at 11am on Saturday in the event tent outside of McMorran, Loxton’s Family Restaurant, The Raven Café, Chef Shells, Military Street Music Cafe and Freighters were some of the Chili competitors.
Overall, Military Street Music Café was the winner of the chili Cook off. They won both people’s choice and judge’s choice. Loxton’s Family Restaurant and Vintage Tavern came in as runners up.
Along with the penguin hunt for kids, the movie Ice Age was offered with 400 bags of popcorn donated by event sponsor Great Clips. Face painting, snowball toss and more were offered for children.
Rich Drummond, 21 of Port Huron said, “Events like Chillyfest brings the community together, no matter what else is going, it allows them to have fun and enjoy each other’s company.”

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