Kerry Kraus

This weekend is going to be another one of those autumn weekends in The Natural State when there is so much going on. If you like chili and like helping out a good cause, then you should attend the 6th annual Guns ‘n’ Hoses Halloween Chili Cook-Off.  Proceeds benefit The September Fund, a scholarship fund for Arkansas firefighters, law enforcement officers, paramedics and related support organizations.

Individuals or teams of up to five compete in various categories for trophies, bragging rights, and other prizes on Saturday at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock. Cooking begins at 6 a.m. with the event opening to the public at 11 a.m. Awards will be given for the best male and female costumes so come decked out in your best Halloween garb. Best Overall Chili wins $500. Tasting spoons sold to the public, along with money raised from this event, go towards yearly scholarship awards.

College-bound sons and daughters of Arkansas firemen, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical technicians are eligible for the scholarships. Since it began in 2003, the fund has raised and awarded over $65,000 in scholarships. Admission is $5 for adults, kids ages 12 and under free.

Radio personalities Corey Deitz and Jay Hamilton from Clear Channel’s 100.3 The Edge (KDJE/Little Rock), created the September Fund on the second anniversary of September 11, 2001 as a memorial to the first-responder civil servants who died and sacrificed on that day. The Metroplex is located at 10800 Colonel Glenn Road.
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