The Benton County Sheriff's Office will hold its 10th annual Chili Cook-Off fundraiser Sunday with the proceeds benefiting local K-9 programs and a volunteer search and rescue team.
Twenty teams from public safety and community organizations will compete for the title of "Benton's Best Rootin' Tootin' Shoot'em Up Chili," according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.
The event will take place 12 to 4 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St. The admission fee is $5 at the door and half-off with a military ID. Kids under 5 may get in free.
In addition to chili tasting, the cook-off will feature music, raffle prizes, the REACH Air-Medical Services helicopter, demonstrations by public safety professionals, the Sheriff's Mounted Posse and activities for kids.
Soda, hot dogs, ice cream and beer by Block 15 also will be available.
The cook-off benefits a different local nonprofit each year. This year's proceeds will go to local law enforcement K-9 programs and the Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse.
The Mounted Posse is a volunteer organization that assists the Sheriff's Office, primarily with search and rescue operations, according to its website. Posse members are trained and certified in search and rescue by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and are on call 24 hours a day. Members must provide their own horse, tack, transportation and equipment.
The volunteers also participate in community outreach activities, such as the Children with Special Needs Horseback Ride Event, Oregon State University's Get Outdoors Day and Lilly's Lope For Hope.
Funds raised will go to support the posse’s search and rescue and community outreach activities, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The agency is holding its second annual Preparedness Fair at the same time as the cook-off and also at the fairgrounds. Presentations will inform visitors on what the community is doing to respond to emergencies and how individuals and their families can prepare for all hazards.