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Fun ways to learn about our Constitution part of first Freedom Chili Cook-off

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Fun ways to learn about our Constitution are some of the many activities planned for all ages to enjoy at the first annual Freedom Chili Cook-Off to be held at Baldridge Park in Montrose on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event is a celebration of the freedoms and protections guaranteed us by the Constitution, and is just three days before Constitution Day, the national celebration commemorating the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. There will be a live DJ, constitution-themed games for people of all ages, speeches and lots of good chili. Senator Ellen Roberts, Representative Don Coram, and gubernatorial candidate Greg Brophy will also be in attendance.

The grand prize for the Cook-off is $200, and all area residents are invited to enter their signature chili in the contest. The winner will receive the prize and also get to choose a favorite local Republican political candidate to receive $500 worth of advertising for their campaign, courtesy of XLN'T (Excellent) Marketing and Better Community News. Chili chefs are asked to complete an entry form, which is available at the businesses listed below. Those wishing to vote in the Cook-Off can purchase tickets for five dollars per person or $20 per family. Tickets and contest entry forms are available at Around the Corner Art Gallery, Laursen Repairs & Beyond, DeVinny Jewelry and That Little Shop.

The event is hosted by the Young Republicans of Western Colorado.