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International Chili Society's World Championship Chili Cookoff under way in Charleston

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The International Chili Society's World Championship Chili Cookoff is being held this weekend in Charleston.

It's only the second time in 45 years that the event has come to Charleston. Chili chefs from all over the world are competing for $55,000 in prize money. The chefs were busy Friday morning setting up their booths and starting to prepare their masterpieces.

The event is expected to pump at least $1 million into the local economy. Organizers said the cookoff attracts chefs from around the globe. "We have about, or a little more, than 400 chili cooks from across the world. So, you have some locals, West Virginia cooks, but you also have cooks from across the country and all around the world," said Jama Jarrett with the Charleston Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Official judging and public tasting events will take place through Sunday at Magic Island in Charleston.