It'll be a very different Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest next month, as Committee officials place their number one priority on the safety of those attending due to the coronavirus.
The Committee met for almost an hour and a half last night as they put the final touches on the 2-day event on the Taylorville square October 3rd and 4th.
Event chair Greg Hornbuckle told Regional Radio News after the meeting that health and safety will be the focus, with attendees being asked to bring their own lawn chairs to sit on the Square this year.
H-S-H-S Medical Group in Taylorville is sponsoring the Chillifest Kids Zone this year, and providing masks and gloves for both children and volunteers who will all be socially distanced.
All Chillifest vendor booths will be spaced out this year.
Some 24 people have signed up for the "Hot to Trot" Color Run to benefit the Children's Miracle Network, taking place at Manner's Park just before Chillifest gets underway Saturday morning, October 3rd. Registration will also be accepted on-site just before the race.
Pageant committee chair Brittany Moore reported some 27 sponsors have donated items for the participants' goodie bags. She added that for the first time, the pageant will be livestreamed on the Chamber Facebook page.
And, International Chilli Society cook-off chair Tom Calvert reported that registrations continue to come in on-line.
Again, the big take away from last night's Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest Committee meeting, is to bring your own lawn chairs to enjoy the event this year.
More information can be found on the event's web site, chillifest-dot-info, that's chillifest with 2-L's.