A chili cook-off highlighting the home recipes of up to 15 contestants is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Seaside’s Broadway Park, 1300 Broadway.

Hosted by Helping Hands Re-entry Outreach Centers, the event is a fundraiser for the proposed Cannon Beach Police Department’s K9 officer program.

So far, the department has raised about $18,000 of the $25,000 needed to launch the program. The department hopes to raise $8,000 through personal and corporate sponsorships.

The event, which is free, features music by local musician Bruce Smith, an auction, free hot dogs grilled by members of Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue and, of course, homemade chili.

Three judges, including former Cannon Beach City Manager Rich Mays, will weigh in on the chili; winners will be announced at the end of the cook-off.

Auction items will include two crab trips on a charter boat, one tuna trip and one salmon trip. Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn will serve as auctioneer.

To volunteer as a cook-off contestant or to become a sponsor, contact Alan Evans, CEO of Helping Hands, at 503-440-9357.

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