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Chile Pepper Festival heats up in Bowers

By Kevin Fitzsimmons, Web Producer
Published On: Sep 06 2013 05:34:51 PM CDT

There are lots of smiles and a few tears in Bowers, Maxatawny Twp., Berks Co.

BOWERS, Pa. -

There are lots of smiles and a few tears in Bowers, Berks Co.

Folks are enjoying, or trying to enjoy, all that the annual Chile Pepper Festival has to offer.

This is the 18th year the festival is bringing thousands of visitors to William Delong Park.

There are all kinds of spicy foods and products. Organizers said there are some tame options, too, like burgers and hot dogs.

"It just keeps getting bigger and better," said Butch Imhoff. "Got a lot of interesting people, to say the least, around here with some very creative pepper products."

The festival continues Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The jalapeno eating contest begins at 4 p.m.