From chilly waters to chili pots, Urbanna has it all this Saturday
, 2015

From chilly waters to chili pots,
Urbanna has it all this Saturday

Organizers of the Urbanna Polar Plunge and Chili Cook-Off recently announced the entertainment lineup.

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The event, Saturday, February 15, will be hosted by the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation, the Urbanna Business Association, and the Middlesex Family YMCA, reported Ginny Sawkins.

Jumbo Lump Daddy and the Backfin Boys, The Blue and The Grey and Stuck on a Name will perform throughout the day at the cook-off site.


The plunge will begin at 10 a.m. at the Urbanna Town Marina at Upton’s Point. The entry fee is $25 for YMCA members, or $30.

For rules and forms, visit, the Middlesex County YMCA, or contact Rebecca Panis at, or 832-5071.

“T-shirts and buttons will be handed out to those brave souls making a splash in Urbanna Creek,” said Sawkins. “Hot showers at the marina bath house along with coffee and donuts will help to get the blood flowing again for the many brave participants expected.”

Plungers are reminded to bring their own towels, she said.


The cook-off will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. adjacent to Something Different, 213 Virginia Street, Urbanna.

There will be divisions for amateurs and professionals from the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. All participants were required to apply for a temporary event permit from the Virginia Department of Health at least 10 days prior to the event.

The professional division will be judged, beginning around 2 p.m. The amateur division winners will be determined by “people’s choice” balloting, said Sawkins. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

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. Amateurs may not sell chili.

However, there will be plenty of tasting cups and spoons available for spectators to sample the recipes. Beer, wine, cider and soft drinks will be sold, added Sawkins.

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

Opportunities still exist for sponsors and volunteers; call 758-1606.

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