Hundreds of people came to downtown Cortland on Saturday for the 13th annual Chill-A-Bration festival. This was the first year that Timothy A. Bennett, publisher and owner of the Cortland Voice, oversaw the event. He purchased the event from the Cortland Downtown Partnership at the end of 2019.
Twelve local restaurants and businesses handed out samples of homemade chili, alcoholic beverages, smoothies, and more.
SUNY Cortland student Jake Kaplan says that Chill-A-Bration is an event that connects everyone in town and allows them to have a good time.
“I think that it’s a very good idea, and it's successful,” said owner of Roots Hair Salon Desarae Edwards. “We had a lot of exposure here today. A lot of new faces that I’ve never seen before, and I’m sure that they haven't seen me; so it’s nice to connect in that way.”
After counting the hundreds of votes that came in, Spiedini's Pizza Parlor took home the trophy for the second year in a row. Here are the top five placings of yesterday’s competition:
- Spiedini’s Pizza Parlor
- VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
- Frank & Mary’s
- New York Bagel
Here is a video highlighting yesterday’s event (Video produced by Chris Tarantino/Cortland Voice):