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Participants sought for Urbanna’s ‘Chili Plunge’

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by Ginny Sawkins

If you think Urbanna rolls up its streets and hibernates in the winter, you may have been right in the past, but not this year! To avoid the doldrums typical of the post-holiday season, the Urbanna Business Association and the Middlesex Family YMCA have come up with a plan that’s going to be huge fun for everyone on Saturday, February 15.

A two-part Urbanna winter event, hopefully the beginning of an annual celebration, begins with the first “Polar Plunge” that starts the day off at 10 a.m. at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point. All brave souls are welcome to dive into the chilly creek waters and make a splash right off the beach. Hot showers at the marina bath house and coffee and donuts at the hospitality tent will be waiting for those undaunted by the challenge.

By the time the swimmers have dried off, aromas of chili, hot pepper, garlic and onions will be drifting through town as teams of chili cooks, both amateur and professional from all over the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck, prepare their secret recipes for the town’s first annual “Great Chili Plunge” cook-off. Tents for the cooks preparing and serving their own brand of chili will be located at the town parking lot next to the ABC store on Virginia Street. The local fire department and rescue squad will be on hand just in case the heat for some has been turned up just a little too high.

Live music and ice-cold beer on tap will round out the day’s fun.

This is all pretty serious business, as there are awards involved. In the amateur department, winners will be determined by popular vote. The professional winners will be determined by a panel of judges, the names of whom are being kept secret.

Want more information about the Polar Plunge and how you can help take part, sponsor or volunteer? Contact Rebecca Panis at or 804-832-5071.

For information about the Chili Cook-off, call Sarah or Dan at Something Different at 758-8000.

For additional information, call 758-1606.

posted 01.15.2014

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