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Learn More About the Much-Anticipated Hurricane Powertrain!

Chrysler is the manufacturer that’s always on the cutting edge, from its state-of-the-art technology, to its innovative amenities. As a testament to its renowned brand, engineers have been working hard and diligently to produce a performance feature that is sure to exceed your every expectation: the all-new Chrysler Hurricane engine. We at Dick Scott Motor Mall and Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are excited for this new arrival, and we want to invite you to experience it for yourself as soon as it hits the market.

The Hurricane is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine that is a rework of Chrysler’s current 2.0L 4-cylinder powertrain, particularly the cylinder head, to deliver a better performance and an increased fuel economy. This aluminum block powertrain is said to produce nearly 300 horsepower, which is a vast improvement upon Chrysler’s current top-output Tigershark® machine that delivers just 184 horsepower. An engine of this size and power is uncommon, making the Hurricane truly a sight to behold and experience.

Chrysler engineers integrate several technologies into the Hurricane in order to provide this kind of impended hair-raising performance. For enhanced fuel economy, the Hurricane boasts Direct Fuel Injection, which results in a more complete combustion and cooler cylinder temperatures for a higher compression ratio in terms of efficiency and power. In addition, a belt starter generator for Stop/Start technology is also said to be outfitted, which helps preserve fuel by automatically turning the engine off when you come to a stop, and back on once your foot lifts off the brake pedal.

It is also speculated that the Chrysler Hurricane features lightweight aluminum blocks, which help reduce the overall weight of the engine. Likewise, its offset cranks diminish cylinder wall side loading that lowers its height, adding to this machine’s small-but-mighty makeup. Various amenities, like MultiAir® technology, a timing chain, cooled EGR, and a twin-scroll turbocharger, are also outfitted to work together to generate a worthwhile performance. The Hurricane is due to be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and set to debut in the Jeep Wrangler.

With this innovative engine, Chrysler engineers are catering to what our customers look for most in a powertrain: an exhilarating high-output without the sacrifice of efficiency. Contact us at Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville, MI, or Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth, MI, to learn more about the Chrysler Hurricane engine today! You can give us a call at (877) 632-3308; we are always more than happy to assist with any questions you may have!

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2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat

The newest reiteration of the Dodge Charger Hellcat is here, and it’s ready to give you the ride of a lifetime! With its classic design, powerful performance, and feature-packed interior, expect to fall in love with this full-size sedan from the moment you take the wheel. Here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Dick Scott Motor Mall, we have the 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat for sale and our team can’t wait to show you this one-of-a-kind vehicle!

There is plenty of power surging through the 2017 Charger Hellcat. Boasting a 3.6L V6 powertrain, your performance is taken beyond limits with 292 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The impressive powertrain line-up continues with the 5.7L V8 HEMI® and the 6.4L V8 HEMI® powerhouses. The first rewards you with 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque, while the second engine choice takes you to the next level with its 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. For the ultimate ride, the beastly 6.2L V8 HEMI® powertrain cranks up to 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. When equipped with the 8-speed TorqueFlite® automatic transmission, you’ll be able to ride with optimal precision and swiftness.

You’ll have onlookers stop in their tracks when you’re behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat due to its commanding presence and bold style. Its athletic frame and carefully-sculpted profile lines highlight the distinct grille, while the aggressive stance of the Charger Hellcat makes for an unforgettable entrance. Made with new lightweight materials, the 2017 Charger Hellcat not only looks sleek and modern, but is able to ride with more agility and control. Eye-catching features like LED headlights and an available rear spoiler allow the Charger Hellcat to stand out in the crowd.

An array of amenities welcome you to relax and set your mind at ease once you’re inside the new Dodge Charger Hellcat. With its driver-centric cockpit loaded with features like a multi-information display, USB ports1, and more, you’ll be prepared for anything that’s in store on the road ahead. The soft-to-the-touch cloth-trimmed seats keep you comfortable throughout the whole ride. However, if you desire more luxury, select the leather-appointed seats to enhance your cabin’s sporty flair.

Here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth and Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville, your local Dodge dealers, we now have the 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat! Visit http://www.DickScott.com or stop by our showroom to learn more about this exciting, new vehicle!

Test Drive the 2017 Dodge Durango Today!

For a three-row crossover that is equipped with modern features that help make your drive run smoothly and can comfortably accommodate you, your passengers, and your cargo, we have good news here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Dick Scott Motor Mall with the 2017 Dodge Durango. You can find out everything you need to know about this family-friendly SUV today! We can’t wait to share with you all the new and exciting features the 2017 Durango has to offer.

There are plenty of engine options to choose from, so you can customize your drive according to your needs. The 3.6L V6 engine is able to work up 295 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, while its counterpart, the 5.7L V8 powertrain, wows you with its 360 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. Enabling you to effortlessly change gears is the 8-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard on the 2017 Durango. And for the extra support you need when the roads get covered in snow during the long Midwest winters, you can opt for the available AWD system.

With its strong body frame and distinct design, it’s hard to turn away from the alluring 2017 Dodge Durango for sale in Plymouth, MI and Fowlerville, MI. When you’re behind the wheel of this full-size SUV while on your way to West Ridge Shopping Center for some weekend fun, onlookers won’t be able to help but stop and stare. Coming standard are the 18-inch painted-aluminum wheels and heated side mirrors, so your morning commutes during winter are a little easier to bear. Available exterior features include 20-inch aluminum-painted wheels, chrome accents, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Without a doubt, the 2017 Durango’s strong sweeping sidelines, finely-sculpted body frame, and signature front grille will impress all those who look upon it.

Inside of the Dodge Durango, you’ll find plenty of comforts that make you feel right at home. Standard amenities include cloth-trimmed seats, steering wheel-mounted controls, an AM/FM radio, and a remote keyless entry. Dual-zone automatic climate control is found on the base trim of the Durango, so you and your front passenger can stay at an ideal temperature throughout the entire trip. To easily stow away your everyday items, Dodge engineers have included an available 50/50 split-folding third-row bench and standard split-folding second-row seats, so you can adjust your Durango’s cabin configurations according to your needs. However, if you want to add some extra hints of luxury to your Durango’s cabin, consider leather-appointed seats, a heated multi-power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, and an available sunroof.
We are excited that now the new 2017 Dodge Durango for sale in Plymouth, MI and Fowlerville, MI is here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Dick Scott Motor Mall! It’s here on our sales lot, so make sure to take a test drive in the all-new Durango.

Command the Trail in the 2016 Wrangler

When you think of the all-American SUV, the Jeep Wrangler is bound to make the short list. No trail is too tough, and with so many ways to configure the exterior, you’re bound to stand out from the crowd. Better yet, with tons of exciting features, every drive is better than the next. To get your hands on the 2016 Jeep Wrangler for sale visit Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth or Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville.

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is Trail Rated® tough, and that is made clear once you have a seat inside. Start the engine, and the Pentastar® V6 powertrain kicks to life as it produces best-in-class 285 horsepower, as well as 260 lb.-ft. of torque. It not only has a powerful performance, it’s efficient too with a fuel rating of 17/21 MPG city/hwy. The Wrangler can be paired with one of two 4×4 systems. Your first option is the Command-Trac® 4×4 system, perfect for four-wheel off-roading power. With equal power to all four wheels, you’ll have best-in-class winter performance, which is sure to come in handy when I-275 is coated with snow. When you choose the Rock-Trac® 4×4 system you’ll have best-in-class off-road performance with a 4:1 low-gear ratio, so you can crawl at lower speeds. And to ensure safe trail exploring, the Wrangler has Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist.

There’s no denying that the 2016 Jeep Wrangler is one of the most noticeable vehicles out on the road today – which is pretty impressive when you take into consideration how many ways the exterior can be configured. For instance, remove the tops and doors for a more open-air feel, and even choose from one of the four options for the top: no top, soft top, Freedom Top® hardtop, and color top. Other exciting exterior features include the full-size spare tire, fog lamps and heated power side mirrors for visibility no matter the weather, and available side steps for easy entry and exit.

Have a seat inside, and you’ll quickly realize this isn’t your average SUV. In fact, the 2016 Wrangler has the most comfortable interior in its class. Choose upholstery in premium sedosa cloth or available McKinley leather trim to support you on your daily commute, and with available heated front seats, the long winter months won’t seem so bad. When you’re loading all your camp gear inside, take advantage of the fold-and-tumble seats. Leave them in place for 12.8 cubic ft. of cargo space, or fold them flat for 56.5 cubic ft. of storage room. And if you bring a little dirt from the camp site with you on the way home, the Wrangler is standard with a durable and washable interior that features drain plugs for easy cleaning.

Depending on the trim level, the Jeep Wrangler has one of three entertainment systems. Radio 130 comes with a CD player, MP3 capability, and AM/FM radio. Upgrade to Radio 130S, and you’ll now have a 1-year subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. The top-of-the-line Radio 430N adds on a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Garmin® GPS Navigation with SiriusXM® Travel Link, and a USB port. And to experience best-in-class audio, the 9-speaker Alpine® premium all-weather sound system plays your favorite song with crystal clear clarity.

To conquer the trail, day-to-day errands, and everything in between, get behind the wheel of the 2016 Jeep Wrangler for sale in Plymouth, MI, here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and in Fowlerville, MI, at Dick Scott Motor Mall. We are open six days a week, with convenient evening and weekend hours, so it’s always a good time to see what the Wrangler brings to the table.

Test Drive a Dodge Challenger Today

Strap yourself in and get ready for the ride of your life when you’re driving the 2016 Dodge Challenger for sale in Plymouth, MI. This legendary muscle car has top-notch power that gives you heart-racing performance every time its engine roars to life. To see this beast for yourself in person, take a quick trip over to Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Under the hood of the 2016 Challenger is the option between four robust engines, each of which is more powerful than the last. It comes standard with the 3.6L V6 Pentastar® engine on its base trim level to balance out power with responsible fuel economy. It offers 305 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque, and you’ll be able to pass up gas stations with ease as it records 30 MPG hwy1. To kick things up a notch when you need a burst of speed on I-275, upgrade to the 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine for a raucous 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque.

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Even more power awaits with the available 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine. It has a best-in-class2 485 horsepower to go with 475 lb.-ft. of torque. For when you’re out on the track, this engine will get you to a sizzling top speed3 of 182 MPH. The cream of the crop, however, is the supercharged 6.2L V8 HEMI® SRT Hellcat engine. It is the most powerful muscle car ever4, and you’ll have a rush of adrenaline every time you hit the gas with its 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. On any of these engines, you have the option of between the TorqueFlite® 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Slide into the interior of the 2016 Dodge Challenger for sale in Plymouth, MI, and you’ll find an area that is built to make driving more comfortable for you, the driver. It has a class-exclusive4 7-inch reconfigurable Driver Information Digital Cluster Display that can offer a variety of vehicle information, including 0-60 MPH time3, reaction time, and a lap timer. For entertainment, the 2016 Challenger offers an available Sound Group with six Alpine® speakers and a 276-watt amplifier. For an even better listening experience, upgrade to Sound Group II with nine Alpine® speakers, a subwoofer, and a 506-watt amplifier. With the available Uconnect® 8.4 NAV, you’ll have a class-exclusive4 8.4-inch touchscreen to host all of your favorite apps, navigation, and more!

The 2016 Dodge Challenger for sale in Plymouth, MI, is a muscle car that is able to back up its notoriety with incredible performance. But the Challenger has so much more to offer than just raw power! Take it for a test drive today at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, located at 684 W. Ann Arbor Rd. in Plymouth, MI!

Relay for Life Events are Going Strong!

Relay Season is in Full Swing!!

What is Relay for Life?

-Organized, overnight community fundraising walk raising money for the American Cancer Society
-Teams of people camp out around a track during the event to raise awareness and funds for ACS
-Members of each team take turns walking around the track
-Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie
-Family-friendly environment for the entire community
-Much, much More!!

Because it’s a team event, individual participants are not required to be there the entire time. But it’s so much fun, you’ll find it hard to leave!

Visit http://www.RelayForLife.org to learn more about this event or find one in your area!

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Wishing the following events happening this weekend much success and great weather!

Relay For Life of Capac
Capac High School
www.relayforlife.org/capacmi 
9am-9am

Relay For Life of Livonia
Bentley Field
www.relayforlife.org/livoniami
10am-10am

Relay For Life of Novi-Northville
Novi Middle School
www.relayforlife.org/novinorthvillemi
10am-10am

Relay For Life of Plymouth
Central Middle School
www.relayforlife.org/plymouthmi
10am-10am

Relay For Life of Rochester
Stoney Creek High School Soccer Field
www.relayforlife.org/rochestermi
9am-9am

Two communities coming together for ONE FIGHT!
Relay For Life of Yspsilanti
www.relayforlife.org/ypsilantimi

Relay For Life of Ann Arbor
www.relayforlife.org/annarbormi

Washtenaw Community College
10am-10am

Alternate routes around the upcoming 96 construction

Looking for alternative ways to get around the zi-96 construction? Listed below are some options from the Detroit Dept of Transportation, SMART, MichiVan Vanpools and MIRideshare.

Detroit Department of Transportation:

— Route 38 Plymouth picks up in the Meijer/Home Depot shopping center parking lot on Middlebelt Road at I-96, and provides all-day service into the city of Detroit via Plymouth Road. Customers may transfer to routes 21 Grand River or 53 Woodward to travel into downtown Detroit.

—  http://www.ridedetroittransit.com or call 313-933-1300

Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation:

— 805 Park and Ride  – Starts in Farmington Hills, travels on Grand River, Beach Daly, and 5 Mile Road, then expresses in downtown Detroit.  SMART has approved parking agreements at Bonaventure Skating Center and the Redford Township municipal lots.

— 255 Ford Road Express – Starts in Westland and travels on Ford Road until it reaches the Dearborn Ice Arena, then expresses into downtown Detroit.  SMART has approved parking agreements at the Westland City Offices, Knights of Columbus Hall, Target and Dearborn Ice Arena.

MichiVan Commuter Vanpools:

— Commuters vanpool together and share a customized van with colleagues, neighbors and others who have a similar route to work.– Vanpools are great for commuter groups of more than 5 people who travel more than 15 miles each way.– MichiVan not only helps with the creation of the group but can also provide a custom built van!

MiRideshare SEMCOG, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments:

— A free carpool matching service.

Details and links can be found here: http://www.96fix.com/alternate/

As read on: https://www.facebook.com/notes/96fix/alternative-travel-options-during-the-96fix/611168318961000

Plymouth Ice Festival THIS Weekend!

The 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival will be a presentation of fantastic ice sculptures! You will see some ice sculptures that are over 10 feet tall and see the carvers creating highly detailed pieces of art throughout the event. There will also be plenty of other activities going on, including the speed ice carving competition, college ice carving teams from local culinary schools, an art exhibit, the Plymouth Historical  Museum.
Events & Activities:
Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting-Friday 7:00pm
Please join us as we officially open the 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival.  State representative Kurt Heise along with City of Plymouth commission members will be in attendance to help cut the ribbon on the 2014 event.
 Ice Sculptures:
Available to be viewed all day and night during the festival.
Genisys Credit Union College Carving Competitions
Watch live carving by talented college student participants as they compete to win a place on the podium in their sculpture category.
Saturday, January 11th – College Individual Carving Competition
Sunday, January 12th – College Team Carving Competition

Chainsaw Speed Ice Carving Competition
One of the highlights of the Ice festival is 7:00 Saturday night when you get to watch master carves wheel chainsaws to square off against each other to carve amazing ice sculptures within 15 minutes.
Interactive Ice Sculptures
There are a number of opportunities to take a “selfie” with some remarkable and unique ice sculptures, like the Ice Throne!

Fire and Ice Towers
the spectacular Ice Towers are lit at approximately 7:30pm each evening and will burn for approximately 2 hours.

Blue Care Network of Michigan Sports Family Fun Zone presented by Sun and Snow Sports
Opportunity for young kids to try cross-country skiing on a track set up in Kellogg Park!

MVP Game Party Trailer on Penniman
Check out the newest and coolest video games in an enclosed (and WARM!) custom trailer with four 50″ screens!
Plymouth Community Arts Council Art Show
The Arts Council will have exhibit by outstanding local artists in Westchester Square on Forest Avenue from 1-4 on Saturday afternoon.
Penn Theatre: Frozen
Friday, January 10 at 7:00pm
Saturday, January 11 at 4:30 and 7:00pm
Sunday, January 12 at 4:30 and 7:00pm
All seats $3.00
Shopping and Dining in Plymouth
Plymouth is known for their great dining establishments, bars and shops. When visiting Plymouth it is just a great time check out the stores, boutiques, candy shops and then dine in one of our many restaurants.  Along the way there will be many ice sculptures to see, plus larger carvings on Forest Avenue.
Plymouth Historical Museum-2 for 1 entry fee
“A Red Ryder Christmas Story” fun-filled exhibit is based on the beloved Christmas movie, A Christmas Story, The Museum is filled with vignettes of scenes from the movie, including the infamous leg lamp and Flick’s tongue getting stuck to the lamp pole. The Museum is a 26,000 square feet housing thousands of exhibits and treasures from the rich history of a city that was founded in 1832.
 Hours:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Admission 2 for 1: Adults: $5, Children (6 to 17):$2
DTE Hot Spot & Festival Food Favorites
Festival favorites like elephant ears, popcorn and hot chocolate will be available right next to Kellogg Park with all the carving competitions and many of the ice sculptures. You can also sit down and enjoy the food in the heated DTE Hot Spot warming tent.
Radio Disney
Radio Disney Detroit is calling all stuffed animals for a huge party at the Plymouth Ice Festival.  We’ll be there from 12:00pm until 3:00pm on Saturday along with our friends from Children’s Hospital of Michigan – part of the DMC making sure your special friends have a clean bill of health.  It’s the Radio Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic powered by Children’s Hospital of Michigan – a party totally stuffed…with fun!
Nighttime Entertainment

Party Lot at EG Nick’s on Forest Ave. presented by Labatt Blue, Svedka Vodka
For the biggest party in downtown Plymouth, head over to the EG Nicks Party Lot for cold beer, drink specials and live music.  The front patio you can enjoy a drink the awesome ice bar and enjoy some Svedka Vodka specialties!
Party Lot – Hours of operation:
Friday, January 18th – 6:00pm to 12:00am*  Live band from 7pm to midnight.
January 19th – 6:00pm to 12:00am*  Live band from 7pm to midnight.
Local Entertainment:
The following local bars/restaurants will have musical entertainment
Sean O’Callaghan’s Irish Pub
Friday:  Jeremy Sprague
Saturday:  Fresh Cut Grass Band
Ironwood Grill
Friday: AJ Lite Trio
Saturday: DJ Mike Jones at 10:30 pm
336 Main
Friday: DJ Chris French
Saturday: DJ Donovan
Fiamma Grille
Friday & Saturday: Jazzy Bobby & Vince
Sunday: Brunch-Ted Roberts Trio
Panache:
Fri & Sat: Entertainment
EG Nick’s (see Party Lot above)
Coffee Bean
Friday: Passage to India-8:00
Nico & Vali
Saturday: George Stryker-6:30
Station 885
Fri & Sat: Wally Gibson-7:30
Parking
Parking is available in parking lots and in the central parking deck around downtown Plymouth. Most parking will cost $5.
Festival Website
http://www.plymouthicefestival.com/

Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue Plant Builds its 5 Millionth Vehicle

The Jefferson Avenue plant stands close to a plant that ran for 83 years, making 8.3 million cars for Chalmers, Maxwell, Imperial, Dodge, DeSoto, and Plymouth, closing around 1990. Jefferson Avenue North plant has made Grand Cherokees, Grand Cherokee-based Commanders, and Grand Cherokee-based Durangos — and nothing else.

Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) has been manufacturing Chrysler vehicles since January 1992, starting with a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 21 years later, workers on hand celebrated and cheered as the plant’s 5,000,000th vehicle was built in the motor city. On display for the assembled guests was an original 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee, one of the first made, with around 8,000 miles on the clock.

Chrysler’s “JNAP” opened with 1.75 million square feet of manufacturing space, and has since expanded to over three million. The plant originally had 1,600 employees on two shifts, and now has over 4,500 workers on three shifts, for 120 hours of production every week.

I had the opportunity to visit JNAP in 2011, when Chrysler group was beginning to roll out WCM. The attitude of the workers in the plant was inspiring as they joked and laughed, everyone smiling and coming together to build a world class set of vehicles (Jeep Grand Cherokee, SRT Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango). Two years later, the attitudes and smiles of the workers are even brighter.

Chrysler invited 30 year veterans to attend this morning’s celebration; most have been at the plant since it opened.

Manufacturing chief Scott Gaberding said, “I had the privilege of being plant manager here in 2000, working alongside this very skilled workforce. Now as the head of manufacturing, I continue to be impressed by the commitment that is demonstrated here every day. As sales of the Grand Cherokee continue to increase to record levels, we are asking our employees to do more and they have responded by rising to the challenge. They are the heart and soul of this plant and this company, and have been entrusted to build a vehicle that is critical to the continued success of Chrysler Group.”

Chrysler will donate the 5,000,000th vehicle, a billet silver Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, to the USO as part of the partnership that continues Jeep’s commitment to the military by providing support and aid to returning troops.

“In 1991, when this plant was built and preparing to produce the first Jeep Grand Cherokee, the USO was celebrating its 50th anniversary of supporting our troops, so it seemed obvious to us at Jeep was by donating a new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee to our partners at the USOs” said Mike Manley, head of Jeep. “The USO and Jeep, both founded in 1941, share a common history and commitment to supporting our military men and women. We’re honored to support the USO as they continue their dedication to lifting the spirits of American troops and families.”

The Jeep Grand Cherokee will be used by the USO at its facilities in Pensacola, Florida and outfitted with a commemorative plaque signed by CEO Sergio Marchionne to show its very special history.

As read on: http://www.allpar.com/corporate/factories/5-million.html

Downtown Plymouth Heats Up with 18th Annual Chili Cookoff

Downtown Plymouth could get hot this Sunday with the return of the 18th annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff.

The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS) and will feature a traditional red, green and salsa competition. Winners will advance to the 2014 ICS World Championships. There will also be a people’s choice and best restaurant chili awards.

[Check out the schedule of events here]

Visitors can sample chili from about 40 cooks set up in The Gathering or the 16 participating restaurants in Kellogg Park.

Ken Horn, the founder of the chili cookoff along with his wife Annette, said the event is down on entries from last year, partly because they had to move the date up.

“The World Championship moved back to our date, and we can’t have our event on the same weekend as the World Championships. So we’ve lost some cooks because of that. And some people have told us they have other plans because they thought we were the second weekend.”

The one-day event draws between 10,000 and 20,000 people, Horn said.

“It’s very weather dependent,” he said. “Last year we were down on people. Ticket sales were down by about $20,000. It’s really hard to know because people can show up for the event and never buy a ticket, walk around, see the motorcycles and go to a restaurant.”

All chili proceeds raised from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity, while proceeds from the motorcycle show will benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

According to Horn, last year raised about $21,000 for Habitat and $5,000 for Penrickton, which is half of what was raised in 2011.

“That’s how much the crowd matters,” Horn said.

In spite of last year’s outcome and the shortage of entries, Horn is optimistic about this year.

“We’re hoping to sell at least $50,000 tickets for sampling,” he said.

Most of the chili samples produced for the public during the event come from the restaurants participating in the Restaurant Chili Challenge, Horn said.

“The cooks in The Gathering, as hard as they work and as much as they make, can’t satisfy the all the demands for chili that we get,” he said. “Those restaurants will typically produce 30,000 to 40,000 samples. That’s just a tremendous amount, but that’s how we can feed everybody.”

Among this year’s restaurants is Jeff Zak Catering who is cooking for the first time this year.

Zak said he decided to enter, in part, because of his new location in Old Village after relocating from Forest Avenue.

“I just thought, ‘I want to bring the sexy back to Old Village,'” he said joking. “I want to get some action. I feel like everything’s too separate, you know like the art fair and all that stuff. I just thought we’d get a name down there.”

Zak has a secret weapon – a unique chili recipe never before used by him.

“There’s a component that we make all the time, it’s a vegetarian component that people love that we serve for vegetarians,” Zak said. “So that’s going to be the inspiration for the chili.”

Zak said he wasn’t yet sure if he would keep the chili vegetarian or turn it into a white chicken chili.

“You’ll have to come and find out,” he said.

Chili sampling Tickets cost $1 or $20 for 20 tickets with five voting stars to vote your favorite chili and a plastic tray holding up to 12 samples. One 20-ounce sample of chili takes one ticket, while a bowl takes four tickets. Bowls are only available from restaurants.

For more information about Sunday’s event, visit www.greatlakeschili.com

As read on: http://plymouth-mi.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/downtown-plymouth-heats-up-with-18th-annual-chili-cookoff