Local chili cooks help to fund a new events center

Local chili cooks help to fund a new eve

LA CRESCENT, Min. (WKBT) - The La Crescent Area Events Center's Chili Cook-Off Contest kicked off Sunday afternoon at the Sports Hub Bar and Grill.

11 cooks put their chili to the test to raise money for construction of the the non-profit events center.

The event center broke ground in early August.

Don J. Hill, the treasurer for the La Crescent Area Event Center, said it is expected to be completed in May of 2019.

He says that so far they have raised more than $2,7000,000, and they hope to get at least $3,500,000.

"We're building this all on donations, and we want to be debt free so that we can give back to the community," said Hill.

The center is being build on the site of the former American Legion location. Hill said the board is giving the Legion a rent-free meeting room - in part, he feels, because the Legion gave back to them when they were younger.

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