Hot Chili provides family entertainment

Hot Chili & Cool Cars
By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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Bring an appetite and walking shoes to the annual Hot Chili & Cool Cars event. The 17th annual street faire on Pacific Street in Rocklin has become an attraction with thousands of visitors. Hot Chili attendees can not only sample homemade chilis to determine the best, but also behold classic cars on display. Bounce houses, toilet races and live music will entertain guests. Some of the entertainment lineup includes The Dave Russell Band from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. The performance stage will also be busy with performances by the Whitney High School ROTC and band, gymnastic and dance presentations, as well as performances by the Rocklin Community Theatre and Placer Youth Orchestra. The family-friendly event also gets kids involved before the event with its coloring contest. Children have the chance to color in and add colorful backgrounds to Katie Nihen’s Hot Chili & Cool Cars coloring contest drawing. Nihen has been designing the page since she was 15 years old. Her first renditions of the “chili man” were legless, as she said she had a hard time drawing legs for the chili. For years she hid him behind cars and tables, she said. But this year, his legs premiered in last week’s Placer Hearld coloring contest page. One of this year’s page shows the chili holding a guitar, representing Dave Russell, one of the performers at this weekend’s event. The background is simple to allow kids to add their own scene through their artwork, Nihen said. Nihen is a 2008 graduate of Rocklin High and is currently attending Sierra College. Next fall she plans to attend the Academy of Art in San Francisco to continue her education in illustration. Nihen said drawing is something she’s been interested in as long as she can remember. “I’ve always been crazy about art,” she said. “Since I’ve been able to pick up a pencil, I’ve been drawing.” Her artwork is typically more realistic than the coloring page drawing, she said. But she uses her artwork as a way to relieve stress and relax. “I love being able to see something and make my own version of it,” she said. “I really do love telling my stories with my artwork.” The coloring contest runs on page C6 in this week’s Placer Herald. If coloring isn’t your thing, there are plenty other ways to enjoy what Hot Chili & Cool Cars has to offer. For car enthusiasts, classic cars will line Pacific Street. And new this year will be a “semi-hauler” and two race cars from Bill McAnally racing, according to Megan Hemming with the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce. The event, hosted by the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, will also feature booths from local businesses and locals judging the chili in the chili competition. Judging will take place at 10:30 a.m. with winners revealed at 3 p.m. Whether it’s a love of hot chili or classic cars that brings you to Hot Chili & Cool Cars, there are plenty of activities to fill up the day. Hot Chili & Cool Cars will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 on Pacific Street between Rocklin Road and Midas Avenue. For more information, go to Hot Chili & Cool Cars When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 Where: Pacific Street between Rocklin Road and Midas Avenue in Rocklin Cost: Free Details: Event includes a chili contest, bounce houses, live entertainment, classic cars and more. Info: