For the fifth year, amateurs and professionals are invited to compete with their best chilis and chowders Sunday, Jan. 17,from 2 to 5 p.m.  in an event to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event is being organized by the Rockland Professional Firefighters Local 1584 chapter of the International Association of Fire Fighters and will be held at Trackside Station, 4 Union St., Rockland. So far, these events have raised $9,400 for MDA. The Courier-Gazette is the media sponsor of the event.

The public is invited to taste, enjoy and judge the entries during the event at Trackside. Winners will be chosen in the professional category, featuring local restaurants, as well as in the individual category. Anyone interested in entering a chili and/or chowder for consideration should contact Carl Anderson at 831-9323 or via email at The cost is $20 per entry, with all proceeds benefitting the MDA.

Along with chili and chowder, there also will be a 50/50 raffle and local 1584 T-shirts on sale. Admission for those interested in attending the benefit is $10 at the door, with proceeds going to the MDA. A ballot is included with admission to choose the best chili and best chowder.

For information, contact Carl Anderson at 831-9323 or via email at For updates leading up to the event visit Trackside Station on Facebook at