The 13th annual Wendy's Chili Open has found a new home at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The 13th annual Wendy's Chili Open has found a new home at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The event, which will be hosted by Dom Tiberi of WBNS-10TV and Woody Johnson of WCOL, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in heated tents at the zoo.

With the move to the zoo, this year's fundraiser will focus even more on family friendly events, said Westerville Sunrise Rotary spokeswoman Barb Gizzo. Patrons will be granted free admission to the zoo from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The chili open had been held on the grounds of the Anheuser-Busch brewery on Schrock Road.

"Since it's at the zoo this year, it's becoming more family oriented," Gizzo said. "Moving to the zoo gave us more space for children, and for the first year, we're going to have the children's open."

At the heated children's open tent, adults will be able to leave their children for up to two hours for free while they browse the e other booths. In the tent, there will be one adult chaperone for every two children, Gizzo said, and children will be entertained with face painting, miniature golf, a petting zoo and art projects.

The chili open also will feature its usual activities, including heated tents with at least 30 vendors, mostly restaurants and caterers sharing samples of their food.

There will be silent auctions and raffles offering restaurant gift cards, spa packages, sports memorabilia, rounds of golf, vacation packages, children's items and jewelry. Gizzo said organizers still are accepting more donated items for the auctions.

Live music will be provided by The Debits.

Proceeds of the fundraiser go toward central Ohio charities helping children, including the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Children's Hunger Alliance, the Special Care Nursery at Mount Carmel St. Ann's, the Ohio Trooper's Caring Fund and the Westerville Area Resource Ministry.

A new charity added to the list of beneficiaries this year is Flying Horse Farms, a camp for children with serious illnesses.

"It's designed to help children dealing with terminal illness and inspire them to reach beyond their illness," Gizzo said.

Tickets to the Wendy's Chili Open can be purchased for $25 in advance at Kroger, or from members of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary. Tickets also will be sold at the door for $30.

Children younger than 12 will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult, and parking at the zoo will be $5.

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