The 8th annual gathering of friends and neighbors in Schoolcraft’s Burch Park for the Chili in the Park will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event brings the community together to raise money for the local food pantries as well as taste some great food. It is sponsored by Kalamazoo County State Bank as part of its goal to build awareness of the wide variety of nonprofit organizations that make Schoolcraft and Vicksburg a better place to live, said Jim MacPhee, the bank’s CEO. He and bank employees will be hosting area nonprofits who prepare chili to sell to the gathering of friends and family on what is usually a crisp fall day for tasting chili. It is a community event with the public encouraged to attend.