Chili cooks sought in Chino

Fire department musters were never this fun.

Visitors to the 12th annual Chino Valley Fire Foundation's annual fun muster and chili cook-off can eat their fill of the spicy concoction, watch firefighters try to outmaneuver each other on the playing field and contribute to the welfare of local children in the process. Before the yearly fundraiser gets going on Oct. 21, though, more sponsors and cooks are needed.

The Chino Valley Fire Foundation and the Chino Professional Firemen's Association will present the all-day family event at the Chino Fairgrounds, 5410 Edison Ave. Admission is free. Parking will be $5.

"I think this is one of the largest events in Chino," said Karen Haughey, muster public relations chairwoman. "We usually have about 5,000 people come out for the day of fun. The money that is raised is needed to continue the foundation's public safety programs. And every year the educational programs go into more classrooms and grades. That all takes money."

Many loyal sponsors already have signed up, including Waste Management, Chino Valley Medical Center, Majestic Foundation, the Lewis Operating Corp. and Universal Packaging Systems. More sponsors, however, mean there will be less expense. And, what would a chili cook-off be without cooks?