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Tabernash’s Highland Lumber stages annual Chlifest today

Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

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Today is the day all good things come together and meet under one roof at Highland Lumber in Tabernash: Chili, free T-shirts, and power tools. What better way to spend a Friday?

It’s time again for the annual Highland Lumber’s Chilifest. Each year on the last Friday of February, Highland Lumber hosts a chilifest with 1,000 or more of its closest friends, vendors and customers. There will be more than 90 gallons of chili, about 15 fried turkeys, and about 350 hot dogs.

“It’s a good ol’ time,” said Scott Hammond, vice president if Highland Lumber Co.

Those who stop by get a free lunch, free T-shirts and a glance at the latest products from vendors such as Dewalt and BlueLinx. It’s also a chance for vendors to get to know their customers over a piping hot bowl of freshly made chili.

“It’s a good opportunity for our customers to hang out, have lunch, and socialize with other fellow contractors. And (the vendors) give out a pretty good price on certain tools,” Hammond added.

This is the 13th year for the chilifest, which started in 1996 with only 60 people and grew to over 1,000. The event is now a big deal, Hammond admitted, and it takes him about two months to plan for it. It became a tradition to show the company’s appreciation to its customers and the county.

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“It’s a celebration for our contractors and our customers,” he said.

This year there’ll be gallons of red and green chili served up by some local vendors such as Mad Munchies and Smokin’ Moe’s, as well as out-of-county vendors. Those who go to the chilifest can also enter a drawing for various tools and hardware giveaways.

Hammond said people can also check out East Grand Fire District’s wildland response firetruck, which will be parked in the parking lot and takes the place of the traditional race car displayed each year.

But most importantly, he wants to thank the community for their support, he said.

“We’re happy to have everybody over for lunch and show our thanks.”

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