For the eighth year, amateurs and professionals are invited to compete with their best chilis and chowders Sunday, Feb. 10, 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. So far, these events have raised more than $16,200 for MDA, which benefits from all event proceeds..

The public is invited to taste, enjoy and judge the entries from 2 to 5 p.m. during the event at Trackside. Winners will be chosen in the professional category, featuring local restaurants, as well as in the individual category.

The public will still get a say in picking from the entries, but so will a judging panel. Judges this year include Lance Mitchell of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley and Gordon Page, executive director of Rockland Main Street Inc.

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. Anderson may also be contact for information about the event.

Along with tasty chili and chowder, there also will be a 50/50, raffle prizes and local 1584 T-shirts on sale. Admission to attend the benefit is $10 at the door. A judging ballot is included with admission.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The organization also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

For updates leading up to the event, visit Trackside Station on Facebook at