Chili cook-off set for Saturday

September 18, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Proceeds from this year's Hagerstown Suns Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival will benefit Project Lifesaver, a public safety nonprofit that uses rapid-response technology to find missing people.

In its fifth year, the cook-off - Saturday at Memorial Stadium - is part cooking contest, part music festival, and part fundraiser. Participants compete for best overall chili, which comes with cash prizes, people's choice and best booth. Each year a different charity receives the proceeds, said Joel Pagliaro, Suns director of special events.

Project Lifesaver provides electric tracking devices to people with Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders in case they wander off. The program was founded by N. Linn Hendershot, who was on the Suns Chili Cook-Off committee.

A local philanthropist, Hendershot died May 1.

Pagliaro said last year's event raised more than $17,500 for The Maryland Theatre. The cook-off has raised $75,000 since it started.


Cook teams will start setting up early Saturday morning, though the event opens to the public at noon. Awards will be announced at around 5 p.m. Pagliaro said retired NFL player Jean Fugett was one of this year's judges.

Baltimore-based band Of Broken will headline the music festival. They'll be joined by Charm City country band No Tell Motel and acoustic guitarist Josh Morningstar, a local singer-songwriter.

If you go ...

WHAT: Fifth annual Hagerstown Suns Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival

WHEN: Noon Saturday, Sept. 20. Musical acts will perform from noon to 5 p.m. Awards will be announced at around 5 p.m.

WHERE: Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown

COST: Advance tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children. Tickets at the gate cost $12 for adults, $6 for children. Adults receive four chili sample tickets with their paid admission, two tickets for children. Additional sample tickets cost $1.

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