Rocklin heats up with hot chili, cool cars

City's largest annual street fair has something for everyone
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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What can be hot and cool at the same time? What else but Rocklin’s Hot Chili & Cool Cars festival hosted by the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday. The city’s largest annual street fair, organized with families in mind, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Pacific Street from Rocklin Road to Midas Avenue. For early risers, a pancake breakfast will be served by members of Rocklin’s Cub Scout Pack 29 from 6:30 to 11 a.m. at the corner of Oak and Pacific Streets. The menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice. Advance tickets, at $4 per person, can be purchased from members of the Cub Scout Pack 29. Tickets purchased at the festival will cost $5. Starting around 8 a.m., about 30 chili cook-off teams will begin preparing their specialties and decorating their booths in Chili Alley, which will be marked by a balloon arch entrance at Midas Avenue. Judging of recipes and booth decorations will start at 10:30 a.m. Festival-goers will be able to visit Chili Alley and sample the chili entries starting at 11 a.m. Sampling kits will be available for $5 each. A portion of the proceeds from the kit sales will benefit the Matthew Redding Scholarship Foundation. In addition to sampling the recipes, festival-goers will be given an opportunity to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award. Winners of the chili cook-off, including the People’s Choice, will be announced at 3 p.m. At the other end of Pacific Street, starting at Rocklin Road, more than 200 pre-1973 cars will line both sides of the street. Judges will hand out a variety of awards to the cool car entries starting at 3:30 p.m. In between the car show and Chili Alley, more than 100 local businesses and crafters will set up booths offering information on their services as well as selling gift items. Local restaurants will be offering a variety of entrees, including pizza, barbecued ribs, hot dogs, chicken kabobs, Kettle Korn, teriyaki and Mexican food. In the Kids’ Corner, kids up to age 15 are being invited to dress in their most creative chili pepper costume and vie for a chance to win this year’s Chili Pepper Costume Contest. The Kids’ Corner will also feature Cub Karts USA, a variety of bounce houses, a climbing wall, face painting, carnival type games and crafts as well as food booths. At Performance Square, a number of local dance and performance groups will entertain. Scheduled to appear will be Extreme Gymnastics, Elite Dance, Sing Inc. and the Whitney High School cheerleaders as well as Rocklin Community Theater and Ronald McDonald. Performing on the Main Stage will be the Dave Russell Band playing country and blues music for the crowds. The group has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and recorded two albums. RC Willey and Five Star Auto have again pledged their support as title sponsors for the festival. Also returning are Kniesel’s Auto Collision Center as the Hot Rod sponsor and McDonald’s as sponsor of the coloring contest and performance square. New sponsors this year are Smog N Go, Placer Valley Tourism and Western Plaer Waste Management Authority, Riebes Auto Parts, Genesis Window Tinging, Sutter Express Care and Quick Quack Car Wash. Admission is free. ________ Hot Chili & Cool Cars Schedule Performance Square 10 a.m. — ROTC 10:15 a.m. — Extreme Gymnastics 10:45 a.m. — Elite Dance 11 a.m. — Sing Inc. 11:15 a.m. — Elite Dance Noon — Chili Pepper Costume Contest 12:30 p.m. — Elite Dance 12:45 p.m. — Whitney High School cheerleaders 1 p.m. — Sing Inc. 1:15 p.m. — Whitney High School cheerleaders 1:30 p.m.— Rocklin Community Theater 1:45 p.m. — Ronald McDonald Chili Alley 10:30 a.m. — Chili Judging 11 a.m. — Chili Alley open for tasting 3 p.m. — Chili award ceremony Car Area 3:30 p.m. — Presentation of cool car awards Main Stage 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Dave Russell Band