Run for the Ribbons Hosting Chili Food Fight Fundraiser


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Run for the Ribbons will hold the first annual Food Fight Fundraiser at Cedar Lock Farm Oct. 23 at 5 p.m., featuring a chili cook-off, live music, raffles, and door prizes. All proceeds go to the charitable organization RFTR to fund off-track Thoroughbred retraining and rehoming programs.

Taster Tickets can be purchased online at for $10 each and include a sample cup of each chili, one vote card, bread, one beverage, and access to raffles, including a 50/50 cash raffle. Tasters will vote for the Food Fight Champion after sampling each recipe and the winner will be crowned first ever Food Fight Champion. Chefs can also enter online for $25 per recipe for the chance to win $100 and an award. Vendors may purchase a 10×10 setup space for $25. Chefs may purchase a combo ticket, which includes a vendor space and recipe entry for $40. General admission tickets with no taster option are free of charge. There will be other food items for purchase on site.

Guests can expect to enjoy an early evening of food, fun and live music, provided by 2019 Levy County Fair Battle of the Bands winners Still Lit, who will be performing a family friendly Halloween-inspired set. Costumes are also encouraged and a prize will be awarded to the best costume of the event. Raffles will include cash prizes and also items donated by local businesses and memorabilia from famous racehorses. This event is BYOB and encourages bringing your own lawn seating.

Run for the Ribbons, Inc. is a charitable organization focusing on Thoroughbred aftercare, raising awareness of the talents of Thoroughbreds as sport horses, and creating a widespread demand for these exceptional athletes by hosting Thoroughbred-centric events in Florida. Run for the Ribbons also retrains, rehabilitates, and rehomes OTTBs, ensuring a smooth transition from the racetrack to their next career.

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