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Virginia Chili, Brews n’ Blues Festival Canceled

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) -

September is just around the corner and that usually means Virginia Chili, Brews n' Blues in Waynesboro - but not this year.

This year, the blues festival and chili competition is under new management, a new nonprofit called the Waynesboro Arts and Culture Initiative.

Organizer Terry Short says the transition put them behind in planning, and when their headliner Johnny Winter died two weeks ago, Short says canceling the event was the best decision.

“If I cut the losses now and recognizing that yeah, I could have piecemealed together an event, but it wouldn't have been what people I think are expecting," Short said.

Short says only a few hundred dollars were lost by canceling. He promises to deliver a great festival in 2015.

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