Post event offers food, fun for Families, community
First Sgt. Daryle Pilkinton, 110th Avn. Bde. HHC, stirs a fresh batch of chili during the 19th annual Chili 5K and Cook-off at the Festival Fields last year.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 27, 2011) -- Families and community members will get to enjoy a day of fun, food and recognition Nov. 5 at the 1st Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment's annual Chili 5k and cook-off benefitting the Army Aviation Association of America scholarship foundation, along with the Army Community Service Salute to Military Families.

The all-day event will be held at Fort Rucker Festival Fields and promises to have something for everyone, no matter their age or interests, said Capt. Smith Griggs, coordinator of the event.

"It's a good time that supports the local community. There's food, running and activities for children. Plus, the AAAA scholarship reinvests in those in the community who show the most promise. Last year we had over 2,000 people attend and gave around $10,000. We're hoping to have that same success this year," he said.

The day kicks off with run registration and set up starting at 6 a.m. After the chili teams start cooking at 8 a.m., those looking to get some exercise can participate in the 5k at 9 a.m. or the 1-mile fun run at 10 a.m. After the runs conclude at 10:30 a.m., attendants can begin sampling the chili by purchasing tickets for $1. Teams will be awarded for best in show, best tasting and crowd favorite at 2 p.m.

ACS, Child, Youth and School Services and Fort Rucker Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation will also provide aircraft displays, information booths, inflatables and other children's activities. Griggs was also excited to have local musicians performing and an emcee that doubles as a magician and mentalist.

"This is a great way to spend a Saturday and participate in the community. It's an opportunity to relax and hang out in an informal environment with colleagues and coworkers," said Griggs.

Along with the 5k and chili events, Army Community Service will acknowledge several exceptional children and Families during the Salute to Military Families at 10:45 a.m. The children will be recognized for their participation in an ACS sponsored essay and art contest. Two Families will be commended for their "contributions and support for the Fort Rucker community", said Tom Jenkins, ACS program manager.

"The chili cook-off is the biggest event on post in November, so it's a great place to kick off the Month of the Military family. Families are very important. If we take care of Families, then we're going to keep the Soldiers happy. We also want to recognize Families' sacrifice and support as well," Jenkins said.

All of the events are open to the public, and admission is free. There are still spots available in the cook-off, and the $15 registration fee includes five T-shirts. Teams can register by calling 255-5496 by 4 p.m. Friday.

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