The Dearborn Heights Professional Firefighters will hold their 23rd annual Chili Cook-Off tomorrow afternoon.
The family picnic will be held in Upper Parkland Park (6500 Parkland St. in Dearborn Heights) from noon until dusk Saturday; featuring a dunk tank, moonwalk, fire engine water shower, a 1 p.m. helicopter flyover, kids games and more activities. The chili judging will start around 2 p.m.
“We pretty much get any kind of chili you can think of,” said Phil Hall, vice-president of the Dearborn Heights firefighters’ union. “We are looking forward to a good day, and crossing our fingers with the forecast of 50-percent chance of rain by 3 o’clock, and hoping that it will blow by us and give us nice weather.”
The chili will be judged according to the categories of flavor, consistency, texture, aroma, color, and the blend of spices. There will also be food available for picnickers to purchase such as hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza. Rusted Crow Distillery has also picked up a one-day liquor license to offer adult beverages for sale as well, Hall said.
The deejay for the affair will be Fire Engine Operator Finn from Detroit Fire Engine 41, Hall added, and the Chili Cook-Off will also be emceed by Benny of Benny and the Jets. Raffle drawings will begin around 4 p.m. Saturday
The Dearborn Heights Professional Firefighters’ inaugural Powersports Raffle will be drawn at the Chili Cook-Off. The first-place prize will be either a $5,000 credit to Rosenau Powersports, or $3,500 in cash The second-place prize will be $1,000 and third-place prize will be $500 (if 750 tickets are not sold by Saturday, one 50/50 cash-prize winner will be drawn).
While no attendance at Parkland Park on Saturday is necessary to win the raffle, it will be necessary to be present to win any of the more than $5,000 worth of other prizes for all ages which will be raffled off. Picnickers will have up until 4 p.m. Saturday to buy tickets for the raffle drawings, Hall said.
All proceeds from the August 15 Chili Cook-Off in Parkland Park will benefit the Dearborn Heights Fire Department Charity Fund, and will be used for various charities throughout the year. To attend the family picnic Saturday afternoon, enter Parkland Park at the Howard Cassidy Drive entrance from Ann Arbor Trail, between Warren Avenue and Evergreen Road.
When coming to Parkland Park from Southfield Freeway, exit west on Ford Road to the Evergreen Road exchange, and turn north Ann Arbor Trail, and turn left and drive west until reaching the park on the right side of the road (look for signs). In coming from I-96, exit south on Telegraph Road to Warren Avenue, take Warren east to Ann Arbor Trail, and drive about 1.6 miles to the park on the left. In coming from I-94, exit north on Telegraph Road to Warren, and turn right and head east on Warren to Ann Arbor Trail.
To enter a chili or ask any questions, call Hall at (248) 379-4906.