MOUNT VERNON —The annual Chili Cook-off and Family Fun Day is a chance for the whole family to have fun, eat chili and help families who are in need.
Slated for Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at 812 Coshocton Ave., activities include a bounce house and a dunk tank. Youngsters will have the chance to make a craft item and explore a fire truck provided by Eco Disaster Services. Throughout the day, the whole family can listen to Dennis and Dean of the Caffiends, the classic rock 'n roll sounds of Autumn Daze and bluegrass from the Bluegrass Hootenanny group.
Chili will be available for sale to the public, and community members are encouraged to vote for their favorite chili. Judges for this year's event are Tammy Coakley, president of the Knox County Fair Board; Jonette Curry, Knox County auditor; and Mike Hillier, Mount Vernon city councilman.
Anyone interested in participating as a chef should call 397-2004. The chili must be in a slow cooker or other self-heating container and can be dropped off at 812 Coshocton Ave. between 11 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Chefs are asked to begin preheating their chili before dropping it off so that it will be warm when the judging starts at 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Restaurant, Business and Individual/Other.
The cook-off and family fun day benefits the Knox County Chapter of the Byron Saunders Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to provide a Thanksgiving meal for those in need. Money raised locally stays in Knox County. In 2012, over 200 families received food items for a Thanksgiving meal.
For more information on the event or the foundation, call 393-6047 or 397-2004.
Published on September 12, 2013