Shriners’ Chili & Wing Cook Off benefits children

Source: Mansfield News Journal – www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com

May 17, 2016

Lou Whitmire

MANSFIELD – The 2016 Shriners Chili & Wing Cook Off and Blues Festival is set for Saturday on the Miracle Mile with 20 teams offering up chili and wings.

The Chili & Wing Cook Off will feature contestants from four divisions — restaurants, corporate, non-profit and amateur. Area safety forces also are whipping up some chili and wings with two teams from the Mansfield Police Department, a teams from the Mansfield Fire Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Office and Ashland County Sheriff’s Office.

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. Local musician Ed Jonnet will play the national anthem on the saxophone at 3:30 p.m., officially kicking off the event.

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. There will also be a beer garden.

The Blues Festival will be headlined by Alter Ego Band featuring Rollie Harper from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Other bands performing include the Jimi Vincent Band from 7:45 to 9 p.m., the Mark May Band from Columbus from 6 to 7:15 p.m. and Walk It Off, performing from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

This year, a Skyline Chili Dog Eating Contest will be held at 3:45 p.m. Saturday and a Buffalo Wild Wings Eating Contest will be held at 5:30 p.m.

There will be plenty of Jones Chips and Coca-Cola at the event. Food will also be available from Slab Daddys, Black Forest Bakery, and Goodfellows Sports Pub and Mansfield Shrine Club, which will be grilling Italian sausages and bratwursts.

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 Mansfield area children to Shriners hospitals in Erie, Pennsylvania or Cincinnati, said Mike Miranda, a member of the local Shriner’s Club.

Eight local Shriner drivers volunteer each week to take children with orthopedic problems or burn injuries for free medical care to the Shriners 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.

If you go

Admission to the Chili & Wing Cook Off is $5. Chili will be served starting at 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until the chili runs out.

Entertainment runs from 4-11 p.m.

For more information, ChiliWingCookoff.com or call 419-528-8888, Option 4.

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