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Kickin’ Chicken event to spice up downtown Florence on Friday

October 18, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. — Some of the top chefs from around the community will take to the streets of downtown Florence on Friday evening for the fifth annual Kickin’ Chicken Wings and Chili Festival.

The festival, put on by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 5 p.m. and run through 9 p.m. on the 100 block of South Dargan Street.

Mike Miller, president of the chamber, said this event is different from many of the other events hosted by the chamber.

“This is more of a fun community event for the chamber and our volunteering ambassadors to put together,” Miller said. “We like watching the community having fun during the cooking competition and enjoying the music and entertainment. It’s a tough project to put together, but it is well supported by the community.”

More than 15 wing and chili cookers will compete for a chance to win cash and prizes. Last year, Duke Energy took first place in the chili competition and The Carolinian finished second.

In the wing competition, Carolina Fresh Foods took home the victory with Performance Food Service in second place.

Entry to the event is free, and the public will be able to purchase tickets for $1 each to use to sample wings and chili. Tickets also will be used toward the purchase of a wide variety of local craft beers, domestic beers, wines and soft drinks.

Along with the official judging element of the contest by a panel of judges, the chamber has added a “People’s Choice Award.”

Miller said the chamber exists to serve the community and the organization looks forward to chances like this.

“Again, this is part of what the chamber is about,” Miller said. “Not just making our festival happen, but supporting all the other events downtown and throughout the area.”

Currently, the weather for Friday is expected to have a high of 73 degrees and a low of 59 degrees, making for a nice fall evening for those in attendance.

For more information, visit the Greater Florence Chamber’s Facebook page.