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Annual Chili Cook Off expected to be bigger than last year

Posted: October 4, 2013 6:46 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2013 6:46 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - It’s time once again for the annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook Off, but organizers are looking to kick it up a notch for this year.

The annual event, put on by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to benefit the Special Olympics of Southern California, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center in Castaic.

This year’s event will include about 50 vendors, more than 20 chili entries to sample and a revamped layout that centralizes cook-off competitors in a “chili village,” according to Sgt. Gerri McCorkle with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The new layout will include a car show and some vendors along Tapia Canyon Road, with vendors off to the side.

Those participating in the cook-off itself will be housed in an arena near bandstands and a performance stage.

“There are more people participating and being involved in thematic-type booths, so it brings that whole kind of atmosphere into the middle of the stage area,” McCorkle said.

McCorkle said last year’s event attracted about 5,000 attendees and raised about $18,000 for charity.

The sergeant said she thinks both those numbers should go up this year, and organizers hope to raise $25,000.
Entry to the event is free; cards to taste chili can be purchased for $5. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Southern California.
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