Chilifest Hands Out Checks to Local Charities

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That rousing festival of good music, good food, chili cookoffs, and beer in Snook, called Chilifest, celebrated another successful year of giving back to the community.

Checks totaling more than 40-thousand dollars were handed out to local organizations and charities Wednesday during a luncheon at Chimy's restaurant on University Drive in College Station.

Because of rising costs associated with the music festival, the overall donation amount was down significantly from the previous year.

Organizers will be evaluating costs and ticket prices to determine how to raise profit levels from next year's Chilifest.

But Chilifest 2014 Chairman Tanner Newton says the outcome will always be the same, helping charities.

Newton says, "The number one priority is to give back to the community. Obviously everyone has a lot of fun out there and part of the reason we are able to do that is because all that money ends up going back to the people that need it."

35,000 people attended Chilifest this year over a 2-day period.

Organizers are already working on booking music groups for next year's Chilifest scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th.

KBTX Media is one of the sponsors of Chilifest.