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Rocklin streets to fill with chili and classic cars

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Come Saturday, 10 gallons of chili will fill the streets of Rocklin. Not only that, but classic automobiles will be on display, music will be playing and kids will be bouncing, all in celebration of this year’s 16th annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars street faire. Hosted by the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, this event promises to be sweet. Begin the morning by scouting out the Boy Scout’s pancake breakfast, which was previously held at the Rocklin Jubilee. Due to the suspension of the annual event, the Scouts opted to participate in Hot Chili and Cool Cars this year to help raise funds. Lining Pacific Street from Rocklin Road through Midas Avenue, the streets will be filled with a bounce house area for kids to play, a group of locals testing out some of the best chili in town and booths giving attendees a glimpse into some of the businesses that make up Rocklin. This year, the amount of chili made will double from five gallons to 10, with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Matthew Redding Scholarship Foundation, raising money in the memory of a Rocklin Police officer who was killed by a drunk driver. Chili cooks will be judged in categories including best chili, most unusual chili, hottest chili and people’s choice. In the kid’s corner, Umpqua Bank will be challenging kids to test their Wii skills with Beat a Banker at the Wii, where children will play against an Umpqua banker at the tennis Wii for a chance to win prizes. According to Emily Lether, store manager of Umpqua Bank on Stanford Ranch Road in Rocklin, the company has sponsored the game previously with positive results. The bank also sponsored the coloring contest, so it was a good fit to include a game for the children at the event, Lether said. For family entertainment, the country entertainer Dave Russell will be performing from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Whether it’s hot chili you crave to heat up your weekend, or classic cars to droll over, Hot Chili and Cool Cars seems to have something for the whole family. ~Lauren Weber