Thousands Pack Smith Mtn. Lake for 11th Annual Chili Festival

Courtesy: SML Regional Chamber of Commerce

Smith Mountain Lake, VA - Thousands crowded Bridgewater Plaza Saturday for the 11th annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival.

All kinds of teams, made up of local businesses and community organizations competed for top spot in the cook-off.

The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce says the festival is a way to keep the lake a year-round destination, even in the fall.

"This is always a fabulous event. We've had very strong attendance, fun for all ages, and gorgeous weather," said Barb Nocera with the SML Chamber.

Many of the chili making booths were decorated with a theme. The chili cookers even dressed in costumes.

In addition to the great-tasting chili, there were vendors on hand with lots of arts and crafts.

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