DEL MAR — The Rotary Club of Del Mar will host the Chili & Quackers Challenge from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. This free event features a Ducky Derby and Chili Cook-Off for both restaurants and individuals.
The Ducky Derby, set for 4:30 p.m., returns to the Pacific Ocean. Rubber ducks will be released in the ocean on a course set up by the Del Mar Lifeguards. The owners of the first 10 ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes. Participants can adopt ducks for only $10 each, or in special discounted packs. New this year, ducks can be purchased online. Individuals do not have to attend the event to purchase ducks. Winners, if not present, will be contacted.
The Chili Cook-Off begins at 3 p.m. Restaurants will be charged $50 to enter, and individuals can participate for $20. The People’s Choice trophy will be awarded to the chili chef that the guests vote as the best. Restaurants must provide five gallons of chili for the event, while individuals must have at least two gallons available. Patrons can purchase tickets to enjoy the chili for $1 per taste in packs of $5 (five tastes). A beer and wine tent will also be available for those guests over the age of 21.
Ducky Derby adoption and Chili Cook-Off registration forms are available online at www.ChiliandQuackers.com.
“We are excited to host a day of family fun, while at the same time raise awareness about all of the organizations that Del Mar Rotary supports. It is always great to have a good time while helping out those in need,” said Val Myers, Chili and Quackers Challenge co-chairwoman.