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Parktoberfest to be held earlier in the season this year

| September 22, 2016

WARSAW – The River View Park Board will host its 7th annual Parktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the River View Park. The event is held earlier this year so as not to conflict with the Ohio State football schedule.

Each year, no fewer than 10 chili contestants create their best chili and vie for the “People’s Choice” and “Judges’ Choice” awards in the chili cook-off. Admission to the event is free, but for $7, you receive an “All-You-Can-Eat” chili pass and a voting token to vote for your favorite chili. Each chili contestant will have a number that corresponds with containers on a separate voting table where the public can cast their vote.

“We pull the judges from the crowd that day and let them do a blind taste test for the Judges’ Choice,” said Jesse Fischer, president of the park board.

Both winners of the “People’s Choice” and the “Judges’ Choice” award will receive cash prizes.

There will also be bratwurst, hot dogs, s’mores, and soft drinks available for purchase. For those 21 years and older, a beer garden will be available for purchase. All the money raised will go back to the park board for park and pool maintenance and finances.

The kids will enjoy face painting and pumpkin decorating, and there will be a campfire, weather permitting.

“I think it’s a time of year thing,” said Fischer about why the event is so successful. “It’s neat to have an outdoor event at the end of summer, early fall when the weather is still warm.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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