ASHEBORO, NC - Once the largest municipality in North Carolina to be dry, the town has turned wet with gusto! A brand new festival, Asheboro's 1st Annual Chili Cookoff, will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 1-10 p.m. in downtown. The street festival will include craft and art vendors, musical entertainment, lots of chili and Asheboro's first legal beer tent. Organizers are seeking chili cooks, art, craft and other food vendors. More than $10,000 is up for grabs.

Organizer Bryan Vaughan, owner of The Bagel Shop in downtown Asheboro, says he's excited about the prospect of combining food, beer and music together for the first time in an Asheboro festival. "I've got people coming from several states to cook in this event. And they're all anxious to take home the grand prize."

Winners of the chili cook-off will take home a hefty $1,500 cash prize.

The owner of the winning raffle ticket will have his mortgage paid for one year - up to $1,000 a month. Raffle winners with no mortgage are eligible for $8,000 in cash. Prizes are not transferable.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Randolph Heritage Conservancy and Muscular Sclerosis.

The festival will be held between Worth, Fayetteville and Sunset streets.

Raffle tickets may be purchased on April 18 and in advance at The Bagel Shop located at 103 North Fayetteville Street in downtown Asheboro, North Carolina.

For more information, visit or call Vaughan at 336-302-4968.