Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off

2nd Saturday · February



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.

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!

A raffle is also part of the day’s festivities. Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Laurel Main Street Board members or at the event.

Entry Information

The following links contain contestant information, rules, schedules etc for this year’s event. The information contained applies only to the specified year’s contest. Updated information will be posted for each year’s contest.

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
  • Grand Prize (Homestyle): $1,000 & The Chili Pot traveling trophy
  • People’s Choice: $200 & Hand-crafted pottery by Carl Buchanan
  • Spirit Tent Theme Award: $200 & Hand-crafted pottery by Carl Buchanan

Interested in creating a team, sponsoring, or attending?

(*Please note that the schedule and rules have been amended for 2019 and that a few times and procedures are different from past cook – offs.)

Check out these resources:

Chili Cookoff Schedule

Create a Team

Chili Cook Off Entry Form (Printable Version)

Chili Cook Off Entry Form (Online Version)

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship Levels

Chili Rules

If you have any questions, feel free to Contact us


ring of fire

Thank You for a Record-Setting Chili Cook Off!


It’s Time for the 8th Annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off!