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

Five Exchange Clubs brought 16 different chilies
Posted at 7:01 PM, Nov 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-09 21:01:57-05

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.

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

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

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

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."

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