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Virginia Chili, Blues and Brews partnering with BOOST Literacy program


chilifestlogoFor the second straight year, a portion of proceeds from the upcoming Virginia Chili, Blues and Brews Festival will support an innovative early intervention initiative called BOOST Literacy in partnership with the Waynesboro Boys and Girls Club.

“The first year of the program has exceeded all of our expectations,” said festival promoter Terry Short Jr. of the Waynesboro Arts and Culture Initiative.

The program offers nearly 30 at-risk students and their families early intervention literacy tutoring from October thru the end the school year, every day after school, at no cost.

“The results were fantastic, with participants now reading at or above their grade level,” said Short.

The 2016 Virginia Chili, Blues and Brews Festival will be held Saturday, September 24th in Downtown Waynesboro and will feature over 150+ gallons of chili sampling, mega and local craft brews and an amazing blues lineup featuring Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos from Virginia Beach, The Bush League from Richmond, and International Chicago Blues Legend Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials.

Gates open at 2:30 p.m., music begins at 3pm and chili sampling begins at 4 p.m., until it runs out. The festival continues until 9 p.m.

Advance online tickets cost $15, and day-of tickets are just $20. Limited VIP seating remain, starting at just $30.

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