Volunteers from Rapid City and Pennington County raised thousands of dollars today through a chili feed to help West River ranchers who lost livestock in the early October blizzard.
The roads were snow packed and slippery, but that didn't stop people from showing up at the county fairgrounds event center in Rapid City for the charitable chili feed. Organizers said the nasty weather likely reduced turnout but the event still showed the community's strong connection to a ranching community that suffered greatly from the storm.
“Everybody that I talked to for the most part has some connection to the Ag industry. And we haven't lost that, thank God. And they had an interest of doing something, so it's very, very good,” Rapid City Councilman Jerry Wright said.
“A hundred years or better they've been helping this community and this county. So now it's our turn to help them get through this crisis,” Ken Davis with the Pennington County Commission said.
The money will go to the Rancher Relief Fund for distribution to those ranchers who need it most.