Arley Women’s Club to host Chili Fest Jan. 21

ARLEY — The Arley Women’s Club has announced their second annual Chili Fest fundraiser to be held Sunday, Jan. 21. The Chili Fest will allow the nonprofit to raise money that will go toward their community efforts. Arley Women’s Club Publicity Chair Beth Sargent said the nearly 100-member group has helped with the growth on Arley’s Hamner Park and provides multiple scholarships for area students, among their far-reaching assistance. “The Arley Women’s Club has been around since the ‘70s, and we are a nonprofit service group. We support local community activities with emphasis on things like the school system, education and the arts,” Sargent said. “Every time there’s a need in the community, we try to address it.” The women’s club members will host the Chili Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 21, at Arley Fire Station, located at 236 Helicon Road, across from Hamner Park. Admission to the event is $8, which will include chili samples, toppings, cornbread, beverage and dessert. Dine in or take out will be provided. Admission for children under 12 will be $4.

At 2 p.m. prizes will be presented, along with a People’s Choice Award. A panel of five judges will include local restauranteurs who will decide which chilis stand above the rest. Guests will have an opportunity to register for a quilt raffle as well, but the winner of the quilt will not be chosen until Arley Day in May. Sargent said a couple of Arley Women’s Club members designed the quilt, which is made to resemble stained glass. Arley Women’s Club member Ilene Barnett said raffle tickets for the quilt are $5, with sale proceeds going toward the women’s club. People who can’t make it to Chili Fest to purchase a raffle ticket are asked to contact the Arley Women’s Club on Facebook about purchasing a ticket. At the inaugural Chili Fest last year, over 300 people attended the fundraiser to sample roughly 30 variations of chili.