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Get ready for hot time in downtown Rocklin

Hot chili, cool cars festival Sept. 17
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Downtown Rocklin will be sizzling on Saturday, Sept. 17 as the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its 18th annual Hot Chili & Cool Cars festival. “Hot Chili & Cool Cars is one of the biggest events in Rocklin and we look forwardA to it every year,” said Gene Layne, manager of Rocklin’s California Transmissions and a regular contestant in the chili cook-off. “We get a chance to promote our business and mix with our customers and the community at the same time.” A pancake breakfast served by members of Rocklin’s Cub Scout Pack 29 will kick off the day’s festivities. Scouts will be serving syrup-laden pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at the corner of Oak and Pacific Streets. Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 if purchased the day of the festival. Advance tickets can be purchased from members of Scout Pack 29 at tables set up outside of Bel Air, Save Mart and Walgreens. While the festival won’t open until 10 a.m., nearly 30 chili cooks will begin preparing their specialties and decorating their booths in Chili Alley earlier in the morning. Judging of recipes and booth decorations will start at 10:30 a.m. Festival-goers will be able to sample the various chili recipes at 11 a.m. and cast their votes for their favorite. Chili sampling kits will be available for $5 each. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the kits will benefit the Matthew Redding Scholarship Foundation. For car enthusiasts, more than 200 of the coolest pre-1973 classic cars will be lining Pacific Street. Returning for his fifth consecutive year will be Richard Hall, who will be showing off his turquoise 1939 Oldsmobile decorated with red, orange and white flames on the hood, fenders and custom rims. “I look forward to bringing my car out to Hot Chili & Cool Cars every year,” explained Hall. “I like that the event is local and I can join my neighbors and friends for a day of fun.” Also showcased during the festival will be local businesses offering information and items for sale. Vendors will be selling toys, handcrafted items, gemstones, jewelry and candles. Local restaurants will be offering a variety of entrees, including pizza, barbecued ribs, hot dogs, chicken kabobs, Kettle Korn, teriyaki and Mexican food. Headlining on the main stage will be the Dave Russell Band, an annual favorite. The Kids’ Corner, located on Rocklin Road at Pacific Street, will have entertainment for the younger set. Along with the traditional bounce houses and face painting, there will be a contest to select the Best Dressed Chili Pepper as well as appearances by Elite Dance, Extreme Gymnastics, Sing Inc. and the Whitney High School cheerleading squad. Winners of the chili cook-off will be announced at 3 p.m., followed by the awarding of prizes for the car show at 3:30 p.m. Hot Chili & Cool Cars will take place from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Pacific Street from Rocklin Road to Midas Avenue. There’s still time to sign up for a chili or business booth as well as enter a car. For more information on the festival contests or to reserve booth space, visit www.AAA ber.com.