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If you like it hot, you'll love the Kingsport Pepper Festival

Staff report • Oct 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM

KINGSPORT — If you love peppers, you won’t want to miss Saturday’s Kingsport Pepper Festival. The hottest event of the year will have activities for the whole family.

The festival starts at 9 a.m. at the Kingsport Farmers Market with registration for the activities.

The First Miss Pepper Festival Pageant will begin at 10 a.m. with eight categories to compete in. Other competitions include the Tongue Twister and the Pepper Pot Toss.

And there will be a special guest: YouTube and Facebook sensation Johnny Scoville will oversee the Pepper Eating Contest at noon. The event will begin with low-level pepper heat and continue until there is a champion.

There will also be a Buffalo Wild Wing eating contest, vendors, kids games, judging of peppers, free tea from Bojangles’ and a food truck competition.

Entertainment will be provided by the Railroad Angels.

There will be more than 100 varieties of peppers to buy and sample.

The event is sponsored by the Harvest Of Hope Community Garden.

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