PINELLAS PARK — Two of the city's biggest annual festivals are scheduled for this weekend. The Pinellas Park firefighters' Chili Blaze is from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, and Country in the Park is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Both events will be held at Town Square Plaza Park, 5010 81st Ave. N.
The firefighters throw the Chili Blaze every year to raise money for a good cause. This year, the profits will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and to send kids with muscular dystrophy to summer camp.
"Benefiting the MDA has been our tradition as firefighters," said Nick DelGrosso, Pinellas Park firefighter.
More than 40 chili teams will participate and trophies will go to the best chili in three classes: the whole competition, the firefighters and the corporate/professional chili chefs.
For $8, visitors can sample all the chili they want.
Judges for Chili Blaze include Pinellas Park county commissioners, Pinellas Park City Council members, Kenneth City council members, supervisor of elections Diane Nelson and John Thomas from ABC Action News.
Country in the Park will include live music, children's activities and a trade show.
The festival will feature bands such as Exile, Rodeo Rhythm Kings, Darrell Sikes and the Southern Sons, Ocean Road Band and Mountain Memories Bluegrass.
For more information on Chili Blaze, visit chiliblaze.com. For Country in the Park, contact Joel Garren at (727) 541-0805, ext. 3076.