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Billy Currington headlines Chilifest

Published: Friday, April 13, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

Chilifest 2012 is one of the most anticipated weekends of the year for fans of country music, chili appreciators and students looking for a good time.

As with the previous years, Chilifest 2012 will include a two-day chili cook-off and a concert featuring some of country music’s biggest names. Headlining Chilifest this year is Billy Currington, known for Top-40 hits including “That’s How Country Boys Roll” and “People Are Crazy.” Joining Currington are Texas favorites Josh Abbot Band, Randy Rogers Band and Sunny Sweeney. The main lineup will perform on Saturday.

“The lineup this year is incredible,” said Carly Rosse, senior nutritional sciences major. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

Other musicians include Six Market Boulevard, Ryan Beaver, Johnny Cooper, The Dirty River Boys, Cody Johnson and Cory Morrow, all performing at the Starlight Ballroom on Friday.

“The big thing is the bands,” said Cody Cupit, junior business finance major and committee member for his chili team.

Chilifest is known for its open and friendly environment where strangers — many from out of town — can meet and relax during the weekend.

“I love the open atmosphere, how it brings everyone in the College Station and Bryan area together in close proximity to have a great time,” said Marshall Tunstall, senior political science major.

Giving back to the community is also a big part of Chilifest. Since 2009, Chilifest has been able to generate more than $500,000 in the local economy. Equal amounts of money have also been raised for various charities over the years.

Chilifest 2011 attendees may remember the concert’s dry, dusty climate because of the lack of rain. Thankfully, the forecast for Chilifest 2012 is expected to be pleasant.

“Last year it was very dusty,” Cupit said. “You could see how dirty people were even in class after Chilifest. But this year it won’t be as dusty because of the rain.”

This year will mark the 21st anniversary of Chilifest.


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