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UPDATED: Sheriff’s Dept. hosts Saturday chili cook-off

Event benefits Heads-Up riding therapy and Special Olympics

Posted: August 28, 2008 8:30 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Surface Rising is one of the bands set to play at Saturday's annual Chili Cook-off, hosted by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will host its annual “Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-off” Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center in Castaic, giving chili lovers a chance to sample dozens of different chili recipes and raise money for two local charities.

The event, expected to draw thousands of chili fans and law enforcement supporters, will raise funds for the Santa Clarita Special Olympics and the Heads Up Therapy on Horseback program, which provides therapy and assistance to those with disabilities.

The cook-off, in its 24th year, will feature live bands, an antique car display, equine demonstrations, military displays and a Texas Hold ‘em event.

There will also be activities and games for all ages. "Placerita Nature Center will have animal shows, there will be a rock climbing wall, face painting and a children's bounce house," said Deputy Dan Burdick. "There will be a lot of bang for the buck."

“Chili cards” will be sold the day of the event for $5 each, giving visitors a chance to taste the chili event entries.

There will be about 30 chili booths, Burdick said. "Each booth at the Chili Cook-off will have a theme. Ours (the Inmate Security Unit) is ‘Hillbilly Chili.’"

Over the years the chili cook-off has grown to include dozens of sponsors and vendors.

Cowboy Cantina Steakhouse and Barbecue will provide items from their western-style menu at reasonable prices. Adult beverages will be available as well, to those who provide appropriate proof of age.

The Jack Bones Equestrian Center is accessible via the Parker Road exit off the northbound Interstate 5 to Castaic Road south. Continue two miles to Tapia Canyon Road east, and follow the signs to the event.

For more information about the cook-off, call Tabitha Youngstrom at (661) 294-6309 or visit www.scvsheriff.com.

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