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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feel the Heat at Virginia City's Chili on the Comstock


Virginia City, Nevada's 31st annual Chili on the Comstock is no mild affair. The cook-off returns to the historic town Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, from 10am to 5pm. Taking place along C Street, the historic town's main drive, the event promises plenty of heat, the return of the Fireball Crawl and family-friendly activities.

The two-day event hosts around 30 of the best chili cookers in the west competing for a spot in the International Chili Society (ICS) World Finals later this year. Competitors start from scratch on Saturday morning and a winner is picked each day. A people's choice award is up to the tasters with winners receiving cash and “Virginia City-style” prizes.

Tasting kits are on sale now. New this year is the "VIP Tester," where for $50 guests receive an elite experience with catered chili including all the toppings, free drinks and shaded seats in an exclusive area just for VIPs. 

Regular tasting packages start at $5 for the "Cautious Tester." Those that are more brave can purchase the "Daring Tester" for $10 then add even more heat with the Fireball Crawl for an additional $10, which includes a free shot of Fireball Whiskey to kick off the festivities.

The “Family Fun Zone” returns to the Delta Saloon parking lot with bounce houses, a bungee trampoline, face painting and more. Purchase tickets online at VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.

For more information on Virginia City, Nev. and the 31st annual Chili on the Comstock, visit VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.

A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the Unites States – Virginia City, Nev. Experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800's. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.

For more information about top events in Nevada take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Nevada.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Virginia Commemorate Extraordinary Times of 1864


One hundred fifty years ago the Civil War returned to Virginia with renewed vigor and throughout 1864 the state was the main focus of fighting and campaigning. 

In 2014 Virginia will likewise again be the focal point of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Emancipation with special events, reenactments and commemorative activities marking those pivotal events of 1864.
   
While some activities hold special appeal for Civil War buffs and history enthusiasts, others have distinct family-friendly elements as pleasing for kids as adults. Re-enactments and other living history events, 150-years-to-the-hour guided battlefield tours, symposia, lectures and special exhibits can be found throughout Virginia this year. 

Here are a few early highlights of the 2014 Civil War and Emancipation 150 activities in Virginia:

  • On April 25-27, the Bermuda Hundred reenactment just south of Richmond will offer the rare chance for spectators to see Civil War re-enactors fighting from behind recreated period earthworks. The event will also offer immersive experiences as visitors will have the chance to mingle up-close with military and civilian living historians and learn hands-on what life was like in Civil War Virginia.
  • From May through September National Park Service units from Fredericksburg south to Richmond and Petersburg will offer special 150th anniversary commemorative programs following the campaigns and battles of Lee vs. Grant. 

You can follow the Virginia Civil War Trails marking hundreds of sites with fascinating historic waysides. Free maps are available at Virginia Welcome Centers and local visitor centers throughout the state.
   
For more information on how to plan your visit to Civil War historic sites and attend commemorative events in Virginia, visit Virginia Tourism Corporation's Civil War and Emancipation web site www.Virginia.org/CivilWar.

Virginia's wealth of historic sites and museums covering all periods of American history is complemented by so much more to see and do. Add to your itinerary and stay long enough to really enjoy a Virginia getaway. Visit www.Virginia.org for easy-to-use travel planning resources or call 1-800-VISITVA and ask for a free Virginia is for Lovers 2014 Travel Guide 

For more information about top events in Virginia take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Virginia