Our winners made chili great again!

With 25 enthusiastic teams competing and over 1,000 chili-loving attendees coming out to taste their wares, the 5th Annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off was our best cook off event yet!

The winner of the Traditional Category grand prize was Chili 2016. Their goal was to “Make Chili Great Again,” and they now have the traveling chili trophy for a whole year.

Our Homestyle Category winner was Southgroup Insurance who stood a head above the competition and came out on top.

Thank you to all who came out to support our teams, sponsors and the downtown revitalization projects of Laurel Main Street!

Congratulations to the winners of the 5th Annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off!

Chili 2016 (Brian Ginn State Farm) wins the 2016 Grand Prize in the Traditional Category


SouthGroup Insurance wins the 2016 Grand Prize in the Homestyle Category

SouthGroup Insurance wins the 2016 Grand Prize in the Homestyle Category


Southern Hospitality wins people's choice award

Southern Hospitality wins People’s Choice Award

Peddler's Junction wins the spirit award

Peddler’s Junction wins the Spirit Award


Thanks to all of the teams who came out to compete across four categories with over $2500 in prizes provided by Magnolia State Bank.

“Cooking chili has always been a serious art form, but this year took taste to a new level of excellence. Our team of judges this year were true experts, and they had a unbelievably  difficult job of picking our winners in each category.

I would like to especially thank Jimmy Don Holmes for coming all the way from Waco, Texas to help us give the ultimate bragging rights to our grand champions

Laurel showed up and showed out this year as attendees not only supported the mission of Laurel Main Street–to create a vibrant and sustainable Downtown Laurel– but also helped us ensure the success of our local businesses, including the Slowboat Brewery!

Thanks to everyone who participated! I can hardly wait for next year when, for the sixth year in a row, we get to experience a day full of energy and good food!”

– Robby Scruggs, 2016 Chili Cook Off Chair

Missed the Cook Off? Watch the recap video!


2016 Cook Off Teams

Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love
Red Heart Chili Makers
MAC’s Heating and Air
Chili Chokin’ Pepper Bellies
Community Bank Heat
Chili Amigos
Crossroads Grillin’ and Catering
Creative Computer
Southern Magnolias
Three Cooks and a Caddy
Potlicker’s Chili
Studio 5fifty
Chili 2016
Mississippi Power Company
Red Hot Chili Preppers
Three Amigos Chili
Southern Hospitality
Hot 2 Trot
Lazy Dawgs
Peddler’s Junktion
The Whistle Blowers
The Black Pot Society
Bronco Bettys
Laurel Country Club

Help us to thank our wonderful sponsors and producers

Please visit our sponsors on Facebook to thank them for contributing to the revitalization of our beautiful Downtown Laurel!

Click each sponsor’s logo to leave them a thank you message!

Our Signature Sponsor

Magnolia State Bank

Our Blazing Sponsors

Sanderson Farms


Our Spicy Sponsors

Mississippi PowerCentral Sunbelt FCUCommunity Bank Laurel MSSouthern Beverage CoBancorp Southscrmclogohead


Our Producers

Mandy and Carl Buchanan
McAlister’s Deli
Studio 550

Thank you for supporting Downtown Laurel!

Written by Keri Rowell

Keri is a member of the Laurel Main Street Board of Directors and the Promotions Committee Chair. She has been involved with Laurel Main Street since high school, and owns a small business in Downtown Laurel.