Forecast: A chili weekend!

MIDDLEBURY-Downtown merchants in Middlebury are less than a week away for the town's first Annual Middlebury Winter Carnival and Chili Contest. The event is planned for this Saturday, Feb. 21. The public is invited to share the fun and enjoy lots of good food.

The downtown event also includes some added bonuses-free public skating, snowshoe races, an open house at the Middlebury Fire Station, dog sled demonstrations, a big bonfire, and a winter ball that will be open to folks of all ages.

Headlining the event will be a regional chili contest, taking place on the sidewalks of Main Street and Merchants Row, 3-5 p.m. Other towns, such as Rutland and Poultney, have discovered that chili festivals lure lots of people to their downtown areas, so now its Middlebury's turn try this success formula.

Details about the event can be found at www.middbiz.org.

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