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Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival set for Nov. 5

Spend a fun-filled day sampling tasty chili and soaking up the stunning fall foliage along the shores of Smith Mountain Lake at the 19th SML Chili Festival.


The family-friendly event will take place Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bridgewater Plaza. Tickets are $7 per person (cash only) with kids 5 and younger admitted free. The event is presented by Margaret Crayé of Lifestyle & Lake Real Estate Group.


“This year’s Chili Festival is shaping up to be the best yet with more than 15 chili recipes to taste and 30-plus food and craft vendors,” said Erin Stanley, Member Relations and Events Director for the SML Regional Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the fundraiser. “And we’ve got amazing live music lined up.”


Spank, an 80s party band, will perform from noon to 3 p.m.


Chili tasting will take place from noon to 2 p.m. A committee will judge on the stage at Mango’s Bar & Grill for the “Best Chili” prizes based on taste, consistency, aroma, color and bite. The public will vote via ballot box for the “Peoples’ Choice” and for “Best Showmanship” awards. 


Awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. 


For more information, log on to or contact Erin Stanley at 540-721-1203 or 


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