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Florence Chamber put on 2nd annual Chili, Brews and BBQ festival

Chili, Brews and BBQ Festival bring crowds to downtown Florence

Dargan street in Downtown Florence Dargan street in Downtown Florence
Jay Phillips, cook & competitor Jay Phillips, cook & competitor

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Chili, Brews, and BBQ are what people in Florence were enjoying today. For the second year, the City of Florence Chamber of Commerce put on the Festival, and this year brought even more crowds and success for the area than last year.

People strolled Dargan street in downtown Florence and were served up chili and barbeque from some of the best cooks around. Annette Ross was a chili judge this year and says, “This is amazing just to get to know some of our local culinary experts on barbeque, I’ve got my tickets here and the samples are a large portion I was surprised, it’s so much fun.

This is just one way the Chamber says they are helping the downtown area grow even more. Mike Miller, President of the City of Florence Chamber of Commerce says, "The number of people is great, I think it’s a great thing for the city. We’re doing our part in bringing people back and reintroducing them to downtown and this is a unique event. I don’t think there’s anything similar. We do a number of things throughout the year, but this is definitely a bit unique for the city of Florence and we are just happy to help.”

Adams outdoor is one of 20 barbeque and chili cooks from around the state hoping to take home a trophy this year. Jay Phillips, one of the cooks on their team won the wing competition on Friday night, and hoping for another one today. He won second place for his chili. “Its really awesome I can bring home a trophy for a home town group, especially with some of the top notch competition we do have here, said Phillips.

The South Carolina Barbeque Association judged all of the barbeque today and chose Backwoods Barbeque as the first place winner.

"t’s a great atmosphere and it’s going to be even better next year when the city gets more done, and it lets us interact with the community and that’s very, very important,” said Miller.

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