March 23, 2016
Lou Whitmire, Reporter
MANSFIELD – The 2016 Shriners’ Chili & Wing Cook Off, set for May 21 on the Miracle Mile, is seeking a few more entries of chili and wings.
The Miracle Mile Business Association is hosting the third event, and organizers have planned the blues festival again with national and local blues bands on stage.
The festival, from 3 to 11 p.m., has expanded to include blues and jazz performances, more chili and wing entries and an additional tent with seating and a DJ. There will also be a beer garden.
The event at 1349 Park Avenue West, will benefit the local Mansfield Shrine Club’s transportation fund. All proceeds will stay local to use for transporting children. Proceeds will be used toward the local Shriner van, gas, food, lodging and any other costs in transporting the children that do not have the means to get to Shriner’s hospitals in Erie, Pennsylvania or Cincinnati, said Mike Miranda, a member of the local Shriner’s Club.
He said children from Mansfield and the surrounding area are being transported free to hospitals regardless of their parents’ ability to pay by the Shrine Club.
Eight local Shriners drivers volunteer each week to take children with orthopedic problems or burn injuries for free medical care to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.
The Mansfield Shrine Club also organizes the annual Children’s Picnic at the Richland County Fairgrounds the third Thursday of each September.
For more information on becoming a chili or wing participant, sponsor, or Shriner, call 419-528-8888, Option 3.