Taste of Autumn Festival Saturday in Winchester

Winchester Herald-Chronicle
Linda Stacy, Assistant Editor
October 17, 2014

After a rainy and stormy week, Saturday promises to be one of those perfect fall days with clear skies and temperatures in the low-70’s and a wonderful time to get outside with the family and check out the Taste of Autumn Festival in Winchester.

The City of Winchester proudly welcomes everyone to its fourth annual Taste of Autumn Festival on the Winchester Square Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Square will be shut off to traffic to ensure safety.

The day starts at 10 a.m. with a cruise in, chili cook off and corn hole tournament as well as contests and activities for all ages. The festival is promoted by the Winchester Downtown Program Corp., which focuses on showcasing the city’s historic downtown charm by bringing more people to the area.

Last year’s cook off drew 300 chili connoisseurs to vie for cash prizes for first, second and third place as well as a trophy and bragging rights. The fee to enter the chili contest is $25.

Those wishing to taste all the chili entries pay a $5 fee for an armband to taste all they want and help select the People’s Choice winner.

Spaces are still available for the chili cook-off. Call Bill Cowan, 931-691-8209, or Billy Simmons, 931-691-8209, for further information.

Cowan said, “There’s a total of $500 in cash prizes to be presented to the chili cook off winners.”

Trim Tab Brewing Company is the Craft Beer sponsor for this festival. Winchester’s own Will Crenshaw, the brew master at Trim Tab Brewing in Birmingham, Ala., is providing the delectable beer for this festival. He invites everyone to come down and try some of his unique brews.

A corn hole tournament runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Those wishing to participate pay a $10 signup fee and have a chance to win cash prizes for the top three winners.

A cruise in will keep car buffs enthralled examining all the amazing cars on display. Goody bags will be presented to the first 50 cruisers participating. The show runs all day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jerry Scharber, the corporation’s executive director, said that there are some components of this year’s festival that have changed in order to make the entertainment lineup all the more interesting. And just like most annual festivals, they just keep getting better and drawing a bigger crowd.

“This is the first year that we are a Main Street Community,” Scharber said. “We want to bring people to the Square and the shops that are in downtown. All of the proceeds from the festival every year go back into the WDPC and the festivities that we incorporate into downtown.”

The corporation is a non-profit entity whose mission is to revitalize the Winchester Square. This will be a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see the lovely transformation in streetscape and the construction to the city’s historical buildings, as well as the new businesses that have moved in.