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Clark's Party, an evening of music and food in downtown Billings, kicks off "Clark on the Yellowstone," the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Signature Event, from 4 to 10 p.m. on July 21. Clark's Party includes the Black Powder Chili Cook-off, an ice cream social, military jazz band and a street dance featuring Rob Quist and the Great Northern Band.

Teams competing in the chili cook-off compete for prize money to be donated to a nonprofit of their choice start cooking at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., judges will select the winning chili, and free samples will be available to the public. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best chili and best decorated booth that follows the theme of "Clark on the Yellowstone."

The $40 entry fee provides a space and table for preparation. Contestants must provide all ingredients, utensils and a burner setup for cooking as well as a tarp to cover the pavement where cooking takes place. Cups and spoons will be provided by Clark's Party committee.

Teams may use their booth space to provide informational materials regarding the charity they are supporting.

Major sponsor for the event is Food Services of America.

For more information and to sign up your team, contact Joe Burst at 671-9635 or burstj@bresnan.net

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