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Friday, July 14, 2000 - Sunday, July 16, 2000 -- Snowshoe, WV
8th Annual Fire on the Mountain
Story contributed by Snowshoe Mountain, photos by Elkins Inter-Mountain

[1999 Mountain Stage] [1999 Chili Cookoff]

Fire on the Mountain
Cash Sirois of WBOY really gets into the pepper tasting
Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia held the 8th Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Cookoff on Saturday, July 15th. Sixty-six cooks from all over entered this year's competition, including entries from North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Chris Canfield of Charleston, West Virginia won the title, and the event's 1st prize of $1,000. Canfield will represent Snowshoe at the World Chili Cookoff Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1, 2000. A crowd of over 6,000 enjoyed Canfield's winning entry named, "Happy Happy Chili." This will be Canfield's first trip to the World Championships.

Fire on the Mountain
Loads of fun for the kiddies
Diane Lentz, of Nicholasville, Kentucky followed in 2nd place. Third place went to the defending champion, Carried Lentz, also of Nicholasville, KY (Diane's daughter), and the team of Greg Morgan and John Curry of Bridgeport, West Virginia took fourth. Catch a pic by Elkins Inter-Mountain of the overall winners.

The regional event has become one of the largest, and most prestigious cookoffs sanctioned by the International Chili Society in the eastern United States. "Our cookoff seems to please everyone, from the cooks, the guests, and the sponsors." says Joe Stevens, the event's chairman.

Fire on the Mountain
Joe Stevens & Cook-off winner, Chris Canfield of West Virginia
"We have grown from 20 cooks to what we now have in less than a decade. That shows that we're doing something right in the eyes of the cooks." reiterates Joe, "Without the cooks, there wouldn't be any cookoff!"

A highlight of the event was the performance of West Virginia Public Radio's nationally distributed, "Mountain Stage." The cast of the award winning "Mountain Stage" recorded a 2 hour program on Friday night at Snowshoe. The program will be heard on over 100 public radio stations across North America and Europe the weekend of August 11th.

Again this year, the event's charity was the Challenged Athletes of West Virginia. This association, which helps disabled skiers and mountain bikers, collected over $3,000 during the cookoff. Next year's cookoff is set for Saturday, July 14, 2001.


Have a Snowshoe Summer... See what else is happening at the top of the mountain this summer at the Snowshoe Mountain Web Site.