Festival Duo Kicks Off Summer Fun

“Totally Awesome People Chili” by TAP.

“Totally Awesome People Chili” by TAP.

Photos by Carla Bream

Last weekend saw Roanokers out enjoying the ever-popular Strawberry Festival, and the Championship Chili Cook-Off, both of which herald the coming summer days. In addition to the signature strawberry shortcake dessert (always in generous portions), and other strawberry-themed treats, made from scratch by Community School parents and students, there were arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment at the Elmwood Park amphitheater.

The chili cook-off is the largest International Chili Society cook-off in Virginia and a big fundraiser for Greenvale School, a nonprofit school in Northwest Roanoke. Patrons got to sample about 30 different kinds of chili.