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Local Exchange Clubs hosted a Chili cook-off to help veterans

Five Exchange Clubs brought 16 different chilies
Posted: 7:01 PM, Nov 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-09 21:01:57-05
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BILLINGS — Billings citizens came together Saturday for a chili cook-off to help raise money for the Montana Veterans Meat Locker.

The five Exchange Clubs brought 16 different kinds of chilies to the American Legion Post Four on Saturday.

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Breakfast, Dowtown, Heights, Laurel and West End Exchange Clubs brought their best recipes to the Veterans Day Chili Cook-off.

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The chefs competed for trophies for both first place chili and last place chili.

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All the money raised will go to the Veterans Meat Locker, which provides processed meat to veterans and their families at no cost.

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Veterans programs are one of the priorities for the Exchange Clubs.

"We've been trying to come up with a great way to celebrate veterans on Veterans day and kind of give back to them a little bit,” said Tanner Critelli, cook-off chair. “So we gathered a committee and came up with our chili cook-off and kind of ran with it from there. We just want to give our thanks to our veterans for everything they've done. It's a huge sacrifice and we really try to celebrate them as often as we can. We just want to give our thanks to our veterans."

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Veterans Meat Locker passed out meat to more than 80 veterans at the chili cook-off.