Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2011
On September 9 at the Orange County Fairgrounds, thousands will attend a chili cookoff to benefit the OC Ronald McDonald House, UCCE Master Gardners, Sherman Gardens and Library, horticulture scholarships and research. Nurseries throughout Orange County are participating and tens of thousands of dollars of plants and gardening supplies are being auctioned by the nursery industry during the event.
A blind taste test will be conducted by a panel of impartial judges in two separate divisions - traditional and non-traditional. Participants include Bisnar | Chase's own Sandra Smith who will be making her signature chili once again.
21st Annual Charity Plant Auction
Live auction bidding, chili tasting, and silent auction opportunities will make up the day's events. Goodie bags will also be given out to the first 500 guests. The Southern California Nursery has donated thousands of plants and gardening supplies for this wonderful event. Orange County wine society and other food and drink vendors will be on site as well.
Schedule of Events
5:00 p.m. - Gates Open
5:30 p.m. - Chili Judging Begins
7:00 p.m. - First Silent Auction Closes
7:05 p.m. - Live Auction, Chili Results, Gardening Demo
Getting There, Venue
The event will be held at the well-known Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. Entrance to the event can be found on Arlington Drive, Gate #4, and parking will be $5. Admission is $7 and all proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House.
For more information on the event or the Orange County Chapter of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers please visit http://occan.org/fundraising.html.