The public can have some tasty fun while helping charities during the York Jaycees 25th annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday.

The event is 2 to 6 p.m. at the Colonial Court House Complex at Pershing Avenue and West Market Street in York City.

Admission is $10, and children ages 10 and under will be admitted free. The event will be held rain or shine.

The event: At least 500 people are expected to attend the cook-off, which will feature eight teams presenting at least 11 chili recipes as well as fresh salsa samples, said Carrie Reich, Jaycees team coordinator for Saturday's event.

"This event is kind of like the fair, with people walking around trying to make sure they tried everything," she said. "They get to vote for their favorite chili."

Each team will receive a portion of the event's gate admission to give to charities they support along with any prize money the teams win, Reich said.

Besides the People's Choice Awards, teams will be competing to be named the cook-off grand champion by a panel of judges, she said.

Prizes: The judges will be considering texture, smell, appearance and taste before determining the first, second and third prizes, Reich said. They also will judge the teams' salsa samples.

Prizes also will be given for the hottest chili, the best stand design and the best team spirit, said Reich, also a treasurer for the York Jaycees, which offers community service programs and leadership training for women and men ages 21 to 40.


Besides the food and the music, the Chili Cook-off provides a great and productive way for people to enjoy their Memorial Day weekend, she said.

"I'm always touched by ways the teams support charities important to them," Reich said. "For people who (attend), it's a great way to be part of the community, support charities and have a great time, all at the same time."

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