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Ribs, chili cookoff in Auburn

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All American Ribs and Chili Cookoff

  • When: 11 a.m. Sept. 29
  • Where: Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive, Auburn
  • Cost: free. $20 tasting tickets; $10 kids chicken plate; and $50 for family of four
  • Info: allamericanribsandchilicookoff.com or on Facebook

Pull out the apron and light up the grill, the second annual All American Ribs and Chili Cookoff will take place Sept. 29.

The event is not only serving up barbecue deliciousness but also it raises money for local organizations.

“We were very pleased and overwhelmed by the support last year so doing it again was a no-brainer. We had people come from over 100 miles away and we are seeing tickets being purchased from as far south as LA this year. It’s a great event, supporting wonderful local organizations and at the same time supporting our city,” said Nina Besselman, event chairman.

The cookoff will feature approximately 20 competition teams vying for the title of All American Rib and Chili Cook off Champ.

“It’s an awesome event, it worked out great for me last year and I can’t wait to compete again,” said Mike Sabins who won first place last year. “Not only did my team win but my other team did too. I coach football at Placer High and we were honored to receive a donation from the event last year and we are again this year. That donation helped our team in so many ways, getting us through the playoffs and all the way to the state championship.”

“We can’t thank them enough,” Sabins added.

In addition, attendees can visit multiple craft and commercial vendors, eat an abundance of foods, let the kids enjoy special activities and watch a high-energy live concert by the local band  Auto Reverse.

The event will again take place at Recreation Park

“It has quickly become one of our marquee events,” said Sheryl Peterson, Auburn Recreation District’s recreation services manager. “We’ve been asked about it since last year and are honored to host it and certainly thankful that they include us as beneficiaries.”

“We were honored to receive a donation last year and are looking very much forward to it this year,” added Harriet Salarno, chairman of Crime Victims United.

Partial proceeds from the event benefit: Crime Victims United, Placer High School Football and the Auburn Recreation District.