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Newport hails fall with chili, boats, and quilts

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by Matthew Wilson

NEWPORT — Newport bid welcome to the new season with its annual Fall Festival Saturday, the first day of autumn.  Storefronts welcomed the traffic, as a record number of participants came out for the festival’s favorite food competition.  All over the downtown area, various other events gave patrons more than one choice of what to do with such a beautiful afternoon.

As part of the occasion, the Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual ChiliFest Cook-Off Challenge.  Up and down Main Street, people armed with wooden spoons went from stand to stand in search of some chili….

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