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Urbanna Chili Plunge set for this Saturday

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by Ginny Sawkins

The phones are ringing at the Chili Plunge headquarters where many daring and courageous people are signing up for this Saturday’s Polar Plunge at Upton’s Point Marina in Urbanna. Committee members are excited about the responses that keep coming in from Middlesex, Gloucester, Tappahannock and the Northern Neck. 

Plungers should arrive Saturday morning and park on Virginia Street where the town trolley will shuttle participants to the marina and back. The “plunge gun” goes off at 10 a.m. so all plungers must be at the waterfront early enough to register, in case they haven’t done so.

Sentinel photographer Tom Chillemi will be at the scene to capture the pain and glory of this historic plunge.

Hot showers, coffee, donuts, commemorative t-shirts and buttons will reward all the brave-hearted who accepted the challenge to jump into the icy waters of Urbanna Creek this Saturday morning.

Afterwards, back in town, amateur and professional chili aficionados will be ready to serve their own style of chili to the public and compete for the titles of “Best Chili, Amateur” and “Best Chili, Professional” in Urbanna’s first Chili Cook-off. Amateurs compete for free, professionals must register with a $100 entry fee, the proceeds of which go toward the purchase of t-shirts, buttons and trophies. 

“As far as the chili goes, it’s open to all comers,” commented Dan Gill of Something Different restaurant in Urbanna.

For the amateur contestants, winners will be determined by popular vote. The pros will have to win the title by persuading a panel of chili-loving judges. Don’t forget, chili cooks, make sure you have a specific name for your entry. See www.urbanna.com for all the information needed to take part!

This first Urbanna Chili Plunge is being hosted by The Oyster Festival Foundation, the Urbanna Business Association and the Middlesex Family YMCA. Valued sponsors will have gifts tucked in a dazzling gift basket valued at over $800, including gift certificates from Something Different, Lowe Tide, J&W Seafood, Wilton Cottage, Carter’s Cottage Consignments, A Table at Wilton, Urbanna Harbor Gallery, Maggie’s of Deltaville, Urbanna Therapeutic Massage, POSH Salon, Peaches & Cream, Sandy Sturgil, Nimcock Gallery and Marshall’s Drug Store.

Monetary and in-kind support has been gratefully accepted from Steven S. Hollberg, CPA, PC, The Chesapeake Inn, Urbanna Cup, Taste Gourmet Foods, The Local Accent, Tidewater Physicians, Urbanna Builders’ Supply, Bill Hight, House & Home Magazine, Gloucester Pharmacy, Urbanna Market, Ginny Sawkins, Grey’s Point Camp and Bethpage Camp-Resort, L!Marketing & Design, Kerry Robusto, Portraits by Kristee, Stuck On A Name, The Grey & The Blue, and Cross Street Coffee. 

Event organizers are still looking for volunteers. For more information, call 758-1606 or visit http://www.urbanna.com.

posted 02.12.2014

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