Serving up beans, meat, and hope.
The Rapid City Care Chili Feed raised money for devastated ranchers who lost livestock during the October blizzard with a chili cook-off. And Robert Heigderken couldn't get enough, eating around eight bowls!
Heigderken, a rancher, didn't lose any of his own livestock, but he knows plenty who did. "It's kinda like losing a member of the family. These cattle are the way we make a living and it's more than just a living, you become personally attached to them," said Heigderken.
That's why seeing people come out meant a lot to him. "It's really nice to see the support the community has given," said Heigderken.
Jerry Wright, cook-off organizer, says hundreds came for lunch, and they counted $4,000 in donations for just the afternoon.
Wright says the snow storm definitely affected the number of people who came out, but he is still pleased with the turnout. "It shows community support to AG industry and what it means to us," said Wright.
The ranchers relief fund has raised more than $2 million.