CLAYTON TWP. — Chili cooks have until Friday to enter their best concoctions in the 4th annual Swartz Creek Area Firefighters’ Chili Cookoff.
So far, 14 competitors will bring the heat and the sweet in hopes of taking home cash prizes.
The cookoff begins at noon Saturday at American Legion Post 294, 3440 Morrish Rd.
The entry fee is $10, and contestants must bring an electric roaster full of chili. This year, participants also must bring a card table so the contestants can be spaced at least six feet apart.
The public will judge the entries by purchasing tokens to place in the voting canisters. The top three vote-getters will receive trophies plus $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third. In addition, new this year, there will be a Judge’s Choice selected by a panel of local celebrity judges, who will award a $400 prize.
The cookoff is a fundraiser for the Swartz Creek Area Firefighters Association, the nonprofit organization made up of local firefighters, which is separate from the fire department.
Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the firefighters’ scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to two graduating Swartz Creek High School seniors.