Teams wishing to challenge the Bellevue police and fire departments in the fourth annual chili cookoff competition must submit their registration forms by today, Wednesday.
Registration costs $25, with checks made payable to the Bellevue Police Community Foundation.
The rules require that the chili be made at home and brought to the competition site, which will be at the Bellevue Volunteer Firefighters Hall, 2108 Franklin St.
The contest, which is sponsored by the Bellevue Police Community Foundation and Offutt Collision Repair, raises money so that underprivileged children can be taken on a Christmas shopping spree.
The first two years the cookoff was won by the fire department team.
Last year the police department team took the prize.
The contest will be held Nov. 8, with contestant check-in and set-up taking place from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The competition will last from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with voting ending at 8:15 p.m.
The entry form, which is available on the police department’s Facebook page, should be delivered to Roger Cox at the police department annex office in the lower level of Southroads Mall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Eighteen slots are available, with 10 taken as of Monday.
Cox said if all 18 spots are not taken by today, late submissions will be considered.
The event costs $10 at the door for anyone aged 9 and up.
The ticket buys a bowl of house chili, cornbread and the opportunity to sample each of the competing chilis. It also buys three votes in the form of tickets that can be deposited with the favored team.
Additional tickets, which are votes, will be available for purchase.
The program was created by the Bellevue Police Department in 2007 and enabled 25 children to enjoy a Christmas shopping spree.
Last year that figure grew to about 100 children.
For more information, or to make a donation, call Community Policing Coordinator Roger Cox at 402-682-6623 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.