Backyard Chili / BBQ Cook-off looking for chefs

DAVIS – Canaan Valley Resort State Park is searching for amateur chili and barbecue chefs to participate in the annual Canaan A scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the outdoor pavilion.

First-, second- and third-prize winners will be selected for chicken BBQ, pork BBQ and red chili recipe. Prizes start at $500 cash for first-place chicken and pork BBQ dishes and $300 cash for red chili recipe.

One winner will be selected in the Verde (green) chili category and one People’s Choice winner will be selected for both chili and BBQ dishes, splitting a 50/50 purse with one lucky spectator each.

“I look forward to this event every year here at Canaan Valley Resort,” said General Manager David Herscher. “As a backyard barbecue connoisseur myself, this event leaves no doubt as to who the best-of-the-best is in the area. Winners secure bragging rights for a whole year and walk away with some cash to boot.”

Cook and vendor registrations are now being accepted. Call 304-866-4121 ext. 2678 for registration assistance or visit our website at

As participants prepare their recipes, additional activities have been planned to include West Virginia craft vendors, eating contests, tastings to vote for the People’s Choice awards, swimming, scenic chairlift rides, Turtle Slide tubing, Sporting Clays, DJ entertainment and much more.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park, located in Tucker County, is a four-season mountain destination and the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet.

Nestled among 6,000 acres on a plateau overlooking the valley, the resort offers sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. The newly renovated Main Lodge boasts 160 new guestrooms and has recently been awarded a three-star rating by AAA. In addition to the lodge rooms, the resort offers 23 cabins and cottages, 34 campground sites, and over 25,000 square feet of conference space consisting of 10 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall, and an outdoor pavilion.

Visit the resort website at or, for further information, call 800-622-4121.