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Chancey Bush
The crowd cheers on firefighters during the firefighter challenge at the Big Chili Cook-Off at Buchanan Park on Saturday.
Firefighters mark Big Chili as important fund-raiser, social event

No matter the weather, the mountain community will always come out and show its support for the cause.

No matter who’s cooking, the chili will always be delicious.

And, no matter how much time has passes, the Big Chili Cook-off will always be a tribute to firefighters near and far, past and present, alive and deceased.

Fifteen years ago, the Big Chili Cook-off started as both a fund-raiser for mountain area fire departments and as a way to honor the first responders and civilians who died on 9/11.

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