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Harvest Festival in Hillsville

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By Ethan Campbell

HILLSVILLE — Main Street in Hillsville was full of festivities for the fall season this past weekend, during the town’s second annual Harvest Festival, a combination of the previous Carroll County Pumpkin Festival and the town’s Historic Chili Shootout.

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Local contestants, as well as travelers from surrounding areas, gathered on Main Street and behind the historic courthouse Sept. 29 for live music, a cornhole tournament and cold brews while waiting to sample unique chili recipes.

Among the festivities was an antique tractor parade, organic produce, pumpkin painting competitions, face painting, a straw maze and fun-filled conversation out front of several local businesses in the historic district.

“I want to thank all of our public servants and volunteers from the county and the town who have helped bring this together,” said Mayor Greg Crowder. “Our festival is really growing, and it’s been really important in helping our local businesses on Main Street.

“We are glad to see everybody coming out here and having a good time, and we are always looking for more vendors and activities to add to the turnout. There’s some of the best chili I’ve tasted anywhere around right here at the Chili Shootout and our contestants have a fun time with the competition each year.”