Chili Cook Off, dog event, festival among those in Clark and Champaign counties this weekend

September 23—Here are some events in Clark and Champaign counties happening this weekend:

cooking with chili

The 15th Annual Simon Kenton Chili Cook Off Festival and Hoopla Parade will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Urbana. The event will include vendors, beer garden, corn hole tournament, pepper tasting, salsa competition, hoopla and pet parade, kids area, music with a DJ, and more.

dog celebration event

Wuffstock, a celebration of all things canine, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Snyder Park Clubhouse, 1900 Park St. in Springfield. There will be local pet services, pet-friendly vendors, music, art demonstrations and exhibits celebrating dogs (organized by Project Jericho), food trucks and more. Performance Dogs of Ohio will also perform at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. An animal eating contest will be held at 1 p.m. Registration is required for the costume contest by calling 937-328-7275 or on the day of the event until 11:30 a.m. This event is sponsored by King Kennels, Northside Veterinary Clinic, VCA Northwood Hospital, Care For Your Air and Coldwell Banker—Tyler Hicks, real estate agent.

church event

St. John Missionary Baptist Church Christian Women’s Fellowship will host the first “Gifts of God on Display” (James 1:17) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the St. John’s Family Life Center, 34 W. Pleasant St. in Springfield ( Entrance from Mulberry Street). The exhibit will feature members of St. John, women and men who are writers, entrepreneurs, salespeople, artists, and those who make all types of crafts. The goods and services that will be on display are books, catering, candles, insurance, crafts, wreaths, jewelry, art, love lemonade and real estate. There will also be giveaways every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Heritage Days Festival

The South Charleston Heritage Commission will host the annual Heritage Days Festival on Saturday at the Historic Train Depot and Log House, 147 W. Mound St.

There will be a parade through the village, a silent auction, a full children’s tractor, musical acts, several food vendors, craft vendors, a photo booth, fireworks and more.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the parade; the silent auction will begin at 10 a.m.; the children’s tractor draw will take place at 1 p.m.; musical performances begin at 3 p.m., fireworks end around 9:45 p.m.

For more information and to see the full schedule of events, visit “South Charleston Heritage Days Festival” on Facebook. Proceeds from the festival are used to maintain the historic train depot and log cabin, as well as the South Charleston City Hall Opera House.

Alpaca Farm Event

Holdfast Alpaca Farms, 12026 Lower Valley Pike, will be celebrating the 16th Annual National Alpaca Farm Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The farm will welcome guests to join them for many activities, including wagon rides, face painting, vendors, a photo booth, food trucks, and more. The farm was named the third best mid-sized alpaca farm in the country by the Alpaca Owners Association, and their herd of over 70 alpacas will be at your disposal. Admission is $5 per vehicle or $2 per person for walk-in visitors, and alpaca fleece and produce will be available for purchase at the on-site farm store.

To learn more about National Alpaca Farm Days, visit To learn more about Holdfast Alpaca Farms, visit call 937-878-1111.

Visit to the house museum

The Pennsylvania House Museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday for tours. Donations are $10 for adults and $3 for children.

church pantry

New Beginnings UMC Village Pantry, 5065 Old Mechanicsburg Road in Springfield, will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday. The pantry is open on the fourth Monday of the month. For more information, call the church office at 937-399-2907 and leave a message if you have any questions.

Guild Auctions

Remembrance Quilt Guild will hold a basket/container auction at 6.30pm Monday at Northminster Church on Villa Road. Profits are used to fund guild programs and projects. There will be various themed baskets including OSU, wine, pasta, quilt, yarn, cooking and food baskets. Jeff Harvey will be the evening’s auctioneer. No credit cards will be accepted, and it will only be cash or check.

Willie J. Johnson