Elks fundraiser gets good turnout

BLACKFOOT — Over 200 people participated in the Blackfoot Elks Lodge's Veterans Day fundraiser on Friday.
"Fundraising for such things as the Idaho Veterans Home in Pocatello are always subject to cuts," noted Brian Cornett, who serves on the Idaho Veterans Assistance League. "So we pick up the slack. But we're not the only ones. So do the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the VFW."
Everyone should thank veterans, Corbett said. "It's because of that veteran that they have what they have."
He said people can always look for ways to help veterans. He said those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families are particularly in need of help right now.
"All of the money over expenses we raised tonight is dedicated to our local veterans," Corbett said.
One fun aspect of the fundraiser is the annual rib-eating contest. Brian Muchow won with 14 ribs eaten in two minutes. Brea Vonderlieth ate seven for runner-up honors. And Ron Walton was third with six. Brothers Treyvin and Maddox Breshears, who are 8 and 6-years-old, ate five and four.