There's nothing like good food to bring people together, and Wyalusing has two events that will combine good food and fun.

"We've got a lot of fun events coming up," said Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wendy Gaustad. "There will be something for everyone."

One of the major events that will definitely prove worth braving the cold for is the chamber's chili cook-off from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the Tuscarora Room of the chamber building, located at 20 Main St. in Wyalusing.

The event will award prizes in three categories: amateur, professional and students from ages 12 through 17. There is no cost to enter the cook-off, and any type of chili can be entered with no ingredient restrictions. Each pot should be labeled with the approximate heat level of the chili and all crocks should be brought to the building by 2:45 p.m.

The winner in the professional category will receive a plaque, the top amateur will win a crock pot and the best chili in the 12 to 17 age group will win a cookbook and a ribbon.

Fortunately for the contestants, water, beer and wine will be available at the event.

For those who prefer Italian cuisine, the chamber has you covered, too.

The 21st annual Italian Auction will be held on Saturday, March 9, also in the Tuscarora Room.

"That's an event a lot of people look forward to," Gaustad said.

Doors open for the event at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., a buffet catered by the Wyalusing Hotel.

The night will feature two auctions: a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. and a vocal auction at 8 p.m. by Shamrock Auctions.

Tickets are $25 each and available at the Chamber office, Grovedale Winery, the Rocket-Courier, PS Bank and First Liberty Bank and Trust.

For more information, contact the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce at (570) 746-4922.

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