Cold dip and hot grub to be found in Urbanna
, 2015

Cold dip and hot grub
to be found in Urbanna

The Urbanna Business Association and the Middlesex Family YMCA on February 15 will sponsor the Urbanna Polar Plunge and Chili Cook-Off. Event proceeds benefit the YMCA

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The polar plunge will take place at 10 a.m. at the Ubranna Town Marina at Upton’s Point on Urbanna Creek, reported Ginny Sawkins.

“All brave souls are welcome to dive into the chilly creek waters and make a splash right off the beach,” said Sawkins. “Hot showers at the marina bath house and coffee and donuts at the hospitality tent will be waiting for those undaunted by the challenge.”

Plungers also will receive an event t-shirt and a hot lunch—chili, hot dog, coffee or tea.

The entry fee is $25 per person by February 1, or $30 per person. YMCA members receive a $5 discount.

An application/waiver form is available at The form and fee must be completed and delivered to the YMCA, 11487 General Puller Highway, Hartfield; or mailed to Middlesex Family YMCA, P.O. Box 524, Hartfield, VA 23071; or contact Rebecca Panis at, or 832-5071.

Chili cook-off

The public is invited to the chili cook-off from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to Something Different, 213 Virginia Street, Urbanna.

There will be divisions for amateurs and professionals from the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, to include all of Gloucester, Mathews, King and Queen, Essex, Lancaster, Richmond and Northumberland counties, said Sawkins.

The event will feature music and a “throw-down” between the Something Different pit-masters, Dan Gill and Mike McCarger, to determine the popularity of Southwestern versus Eastern chilies. The throw-down will be held at 3 p.m.

The professional division will be judged. The amateur division winners will be determined by “people’s choice.”

All participants must apply for a $40 temporary event permit from the Virginia Department of Health at least 10 days prior to the event. Set-up, prep and cooking begins for all contestants at 6 a.m. February 15. Tents and tables may be set up on the afternoon of February 14.

The professional division is limited to restaurants and businesses permitted to serve food to the general public and located in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. The entrance fee for professionals is $100. Make checks payable to the Urbanna Business Association.

Professionals are allowed to sell 12-ounce bowls of chili for $5 per bowl. Chili for sale may be prepared prior to the event in a certified kitchen in accordance with Health Department regulations, but all competition chili must be made on site.

The amateur division is limited to individuals, organizations and non-profits in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. At least one member of each team must reside within the designated area.

There is no entrance fee for the amateur competition. Amateurs may not sell chili.

Complete rules and forms are available at; Something Different; or call Sarah or Dan at 758-8000.

A chili cook-off application and professional entry fee must be completed and submitted to Dan Gill at Something Different; Dan Gill, Urbanna Business Association, P.O. Box 695, Urbanna, VA 23175.

Read Dan Gill’s article about chili, The Great Chili Plunge, in the current issue of Pleasant Living Magazine and at

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