The city of Weston, in cooperation with the United Way of Gilmer, Lewis and Upshur counties, will sponsor a Meatball Festival on Oct. 9 at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA) in downtown Weston during TALA's Fall Festival. The Meatball Festival will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.
The highlight of the day will be the USA Meatball Challenge or "who can make the most excellent meatball." At 11 a.m. judges will taste meatballs in the amateur category to find the best meatball. The prize will be $100.
Cooks should bring their meatballs at 10:30 to the judging tent. At 1 p.m., restaurateurs are invited to participate in the professional division of the Meatball Challenge with the winner taking home $250 and bragging rights to having the Best Meatball in the World. There will be a $10 entry fee for the professional division and the proceeds will go to United Way.
To be a meatball, the creator only need use a protein to create the "round ball of goodness." Tofu, ground beef, fish, chicken, moose, etc. can be used. During the first meatball contest in 2008, cooks brought a variety of proteins from squirrel to cream cheese.
At noon, there will be a meatball-eating contest. The contestant who eats the most meatballs in a minute will be crowned king or queen. There is a $3 entry fee and a $100 prize.
The United Way Duck Race will take place at 2 p.m. in the West Fork River, directly in front of TALA and the Meatball Festival.
There will be entertainment throughout the day and the crowning of the Meatball of the Year.
For more information or to be a vendor, call Kristin Dropppleman at 304-269-6141 or Julia Spelsberg at 304-269-3683 (evenings).