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 downtown with music, beverages, 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 bowl and by the Bottomless $25 keepsake pottery bowl. Bottomless bowls are hand crafted by local potter, Carl Buchanan.

Children under twelve EAT 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 Oak St., Downtown Laurel.


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?

Check out these resources:

Chili Cook Off Schedule

Create a Team

Chili Cook Off Entry Form

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship Levels

Rules and Regulations

If you have any questions, feel free to Contact us


The 6th Annual Chili Cook Off is THIS Saturday!


It’s not too late for your cook off team!