Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off

Has been Postponed, stay tuned for more information

500 Block – Central Ave.

Laurel Main Street kicks off each new year with the annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off! The event takes place the second Saturday in February and is held on the 500 block of Central Avenue, downtown with music, beverages (coke products & beer), and teams competing to be the winner. All entries are cooked on site and judged by a team of professionals.

Chili is sold by the All-You-Can-Eat $10 entry and by the Bottomless $25 keepsake pottery bowl. Bottomless bowls are hand crafted by local potter, Carl Buchanan.

Click the link:  EVENT TICKETS

Each team is given tasting cups by which to serve chili. $10 entries allow attendees to browse teams and taste all the chili so that they can vote for the People’s Choice and fill up on delicious food along the way.

Children under twelve can grab a hot dog at the Magnolia State Bank Hospitality Tent, sample the chili, and enjoy the festivities, FREE!

Although we love our furry friends, we ask that you leave your pets at home.  Thank you!


Entry Information

The following links contain contestant team information ($100 entry fee per 5 member team per category) rules, schedules, etc. for this year’s event.  Please download each file and return relevant forms to Laurel Main Street at:

409 W Oak Street, Suite 204                          OR                        P.O. Box 1256
Laurel, MS 39440                                                                          Laurel, MS 39441

Prizes generously provided by Magnolia State Bank.

Grand Prize (Traditional): $1000 & The Chili Pepper traveling trophy
2nd Place Traditional:  $300

Grand Prize (Homestyle): $1,000 & The Chili Pot traveling trophy
2nd Place Homestyle:  $300

People’s Choice: $200 & Hand-crafted pottery by Carl Buchanan

Spirit Tent Theme Award: $200 & Hand-crafted pottery by Carl Buchanan


Check out these resources:

Mandatory Team Captain meeting is the Monday, PRIOR, to the event at 5:30pm at studio 5 fifty, 550 Central Ave., downtown Laurel.

Chili Cook Off Schedule 2020

Chili Cook Off Entry Form (Printable Version)

Chili Cook Off Entry Form (Online Version)


If you have any questions, feel free to Contact us


Laurel Main Street’s Chili Cook-off Canceled in Caution of COVID-19


Meet the Judges for the 2020 Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off