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Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest returns to Highland for 22nd annual chili cook-off

Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest returns to Highland for 22nd annual chili cook-off

Loretta Miller remembers when the first Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest was held in Highland. Organized by local bed-and-breakfast owners Jerry and Geri Luke, attendees back then sat at makeshift tables assembled from plywood and sawhorses. Twenty-two years later, WinterFest is still a pretty casual affair, but now has a permanent home under the sturdy Highland Rotary Pavilion, adjacent to the circa-1915 train caboose on the trail at 101 New Paltz Road.