One way to warm up on a chilly day is to eat some good chili. Your chance will be this Friday, February 13, in Texarkana, Texas.

The Texarkana Area Veterans Council will host its 16th annual chili cook-off at the Truman Arnold Center at Texarkana College.

Area chili cooks will be competing for trophies in three categories: Business, Civic Groups, and Individual. There will also be a  "Peoples Choice" award  and an award for "Best Presentation."  Both awards will be chosen by the public.

Funds from this event will be used to purchase a new van (when needed) to transport local veterans to the VA Medical Center in Shreveport, the Texarkana VA clinic, and to assist local veterans and their families.

The doors will open to the public at 11 a.m. and will go on until 1 p.m. Tickets are $6. Each ticket will  allow you to sample each chili and will enter you to enter to win door prizes.

For more information and to enter call 870-773--8279 or 903-628-7216 or 903-824-2727.