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12th Annual Firefighters’ Chili Challenge

Warm up at the 12th Annual Firefighters’ Chili Challenge this Friday at Lock 3 from 11am to 1pm!

Each year, Akron firefighters issue the challenge to see who can create the best chili, which is served to Downtown employees and visitors. Some chili variations are traditional, while other teams set themselves apart with distinct flavors and ingredients.

Tickets for six samples of chili and a beverage are only $10. Individual chili samples are available for only $1.50.

Beverages also available for only $2.

All proceeds benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Institute.

The 2018 competitors include the Akron Fire Department, the Akron Police Department, the City of Akron Human Resources Department, ARCADIS, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Teams will be competing for the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice Awards in addition to the Joe Smith Spirit Award. The Joe Smith Spirit Award was created in honor of Detective Joe Smith, an active supporter and participant in previous chili challenges, who passed away in 2014.