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Hot Chili and Cools Cars event has it all

Thousands pack Pacific Street to sample 35 types of chili and see cars
By: Susan Belknap, Placer Herald editor
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For more photos: Thousands pack Pacific Street for Hot Chili and Cool Cars

From toilet bowl races to five-alarm chili, this year’s Hot Chili and Cool Cars offered something for everyone.
More than 35 chili entries, more than any past year, were submitted to a panel of judges who had to decide which recipe tempted, without burning, their taste buds, the best.
The judging panel, which consisted of a few city council members and Channel 3 reporter Mike TeSelle among others, declared the chili entry from the Rocklin Loomis Rotary Club the 2009 winner.
Among the entries was Rocklin resident Bobbie Devany, who was entering the contest for the first year.
“I made the chili that was one of my mom’s recipes,” Devany said. “I’ve made it many times for my family. The secret ingredient is love.”
At the Rockin’ Willeys Chili booth, it was a family affair with the Wymer family from Loomis. According to Mike Wymer, adding tri tip and 90 percent lean ground beef is what makes his recipe the best.
But not everyone was in the mood for a hot dish. Rocklin’s Pacific Street was filled with thousands of people enjoying the variety of vendors’ booths offering goods and services ranging from pet adoptions from the SPCA, candles and soaps, ice cream treats and jewelry and toys. In total 100 businesses were represented in this year’s fair.
Gary Wraa, a Roseville resident and volunteer with the SPCA said many festival visitors stopped by the mobile unit that had two dogs and four cats available for adoption on Saturday.
Even the local schools got into the spirit with more than 34 members of Whitney High School’s ROTC who were volunteers for the day directing crowds and helping to block off streets to traffic.
“This is a great event because it helps the community come together,” said ROTC member Alexander Anderson, 17.