Join in the 14th Annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook Off
Food, games, music, crafters, a kid’s area – there is literally something for everyone in the family at the 14th annual Fun in the Sun Chili Cook Off on the grounds of the Jack Bones Equestrian Center at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. The event, held on October 20, is hosted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and benefits the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics.
“This event keeps getting bigger and better every year,” said Gerri McCorkle, retired sergeant from the Sheriff’s Department and now the Manager of LETR and Special Events for the Santa Clarita/Tri-Valley Region for Special Olympics Southern California. “We’ll have close to 30 chili booths from the Sheriff’s Department, LAPD, L.A. School Police, CHP and the District Attorney’s office. It’s a fantastic day for the whole family.”
The event, which attracts about 7,000 attendees each year, has become the highlight of the Santa Clarita/Tri-Valley calendar, according to Laura Mayo, Vice President of Operations for Special Olympics. “This is an event everyone looks forward to each year and the chili judging has become incredibly competitive.”
“Oh, I can guarantee you we’re looking to repeat,” said Lt. Ernie Bille of the Sheriff’s Department. “Last year was our first year and we were able to capture the Grand Master Award.” Bille’s group represented American Legion Star Post 309, a post dedicated to department members who have honorably served in the United States military. “This is such a great event,” said Bille. “Everyone brings their families and it’s a fantastic way to support the work done by the LETR for Special Olympics.”
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. with awards for the best chili, most enthusiastic groups and the best decorated booths.
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