WHITEWRIGHT — The fourth annual North Texas firefighters fundraiser, chili cook-off and motorcycle run benefiting volunteer fire departments is slated for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at American Legion’s Park in Whitewright. The event offers fun and food for everyone as well as a chance to help those who help when others are most in need.

WHITEWRIGHT — The fourth annual North Texas firefighters fundraiser, chili cook-off and motorcycle run benefiting volunteer fire departments is slated for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at American Legion’s Park in Whitewright. The event offers fun and food for everyone as well as a chance to help those who help when others are most in need.


The purpose of the fundraiser, said spokesperson Ella Fitzbag, is to help volunteer fire fighters raise funds to buy the things they need to do their jobs. The fundraiser was established in 2010 and admission and parking are free.


The Chili Appreciation Society International sanctions the Chili Cook-off. The entry fee is $20 per chili. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Judging starts at 12:30 p.m. and people’s choice tasting and voting begins at 12:35 p.m. Sample all the chili for $5 and vote for a favorite. Winners will be announced at 1:45 p.m. CASI rules for fairness and safety must be followed.


The official judge panel consists of dignitaries from the towns represented by the volunteer fire departments, and others. Anyone can be a judge, no experience necessary.


Red River Valley Motorcycle Run registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bikers are to return by noon and door prize drawings will take place at 12:15 p.m. The entry fee is $20. Each rider will receive five door prize entries and one free chili tasting and vote. Passengers may opt to register for $15 and receive five door prize entries.


The Best-Decorated Firefighter Boot Contest runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. VFDs display decorated boots and votes are cast by the public by donating money into the boot they like best. Winners are determined by the amount of money in their boots.


Proceeds from the cook-off, motorcycle run and boot contest will be divided among participating fire departments.


Kids’ events start at 10 a.m. and include face painting, costume contests and trick or treating.


Food will be available for purchase in the park.