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Chili Cook-off set

RockPile Energy Services will host its fifth annual Chili Cook-off from  6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Astoria Hotel and Conference Center in Dickinson.

The cook-off  is an opportunity to sample chili prepared by 20 teams, as well as raise funds for area fire departments.

“We’re so excited,” said  RockPile marketing administrator Miranda Rough. “We have one team coming from Texas -- they’re trying out their chili on the frac guys.”

The competition will be friendly, if not intense. Bragging rights and trophies are on the line for “Best Chili,” “People’s Choice” and “Best Decorated.” Chefs from local restaurants will serve as the judges.

“Dickinson is home-base for us,” Rough said. “It’s a way to give back to the community.”

RockPile has set a goal of raise $75,000 to give to four fire departments -- the Dickinson Rural Fire Department, Gladstone Fire Department, South Heart Fire Department and Taylor Fire Department.

“We’re so thankful to our fire departments,” she said. “It allows them to buy new equipment and new fire trucks, and it’s also a great way for the community to come together. The oil business has been struggling the last couple of years, and we’re excited to see it coming back a little bit. The cook-off is a great way to meet others in the community.”

The evening also features entertainment by master of ceremonies “Wild Bill” and Outlaw Sippin.’

RockPile continues to seek donations for the silent auction and door prizes. The booth spaces are filled, but sponsorships are available in the categories of diamond, gold and silver. Donations and further information can be made at the RockPile offices at 2225 West Villard Street in Dickinson.

Tickets are $20 and are available from the firefighters, as well as RockPile Energy Services. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.