Get ready to feast your eyes on some classic cars and fill your stomach’s with some tasty chili during 2012 Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Show.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. will host its annual event at Burke Junction in Cameron Park, 3300 Coach Lane.
“We have train rides, we have raffle drawings and we’ve got a really special customized barbecue that we’re raffling off,” said Susie Davies of MORE.
“There will be hot dogs and barbecue beef sandwiches and cold drinks. We’ll have a display of art and our special needs artists will have their own display. There will be adult beverages as well”
The annual cook-off and car show draws thousands from around Northern California and on event day Burke’s Junction is permeated with the smell of chili cooking.
“All the chili cooks come in the morning and they finish up by noon,” Davies said. “Once that is done, we have the people’s choice competition where people get to taste all the different chilis for a donation.”
She added the People’s Choice division has a first, second and third place award. In addition, there is a judge’s division which also has a first, second and third place award.
“And then sometimes we have little contests within contests,” Davies said. “This year Wells Fargo’s three branches are thinking of entering and competing against each other. We will also have live music. A band called Out of the Blue is playing. It has played locally in different places. We will have a bounce house. There’s the classic car show, too and, of course, we will have awards for classic cars.”
The car show starts at 10 a.m. and the chili is ready at noon so event attendees can begin sampling at lunch time.
“Some chili cooks arrive at 6 a.m. to start making their chili,” she said.
As of now, Davies said there are some chili cooks signed up and she would like to see at least 15 compete. She to have at least 25 cars in the show.
“We are looking for chili cooks so anyone that has a special chili recipe or a classic car should call us.” Davies said.
All proceeds from the event go to MORE and donations to attend are $7.
“The best part is that it’s a true reflection of the community,” Davies said. “The chili cooks that come are businesses or individuals and they donate their time. Of course the band donates its time and the sponsors are all major community people.
“Businesses donate to the raffle prizes and then we have judges that come from all aspects of the community.
“It’s true that it takes a whole community to do a project like this to benefit people with developmental disabilities,” Davies said.
For more information call 530-622-4848 or visit morerehab.org/.