Wine Down Downtown is Back for 2022

Wine Down Downtown is back for 2022 and we are SO excited! Will you be joining us to ‘wine down’ after a long week? This Spring, Wine Down Downtown will be hosted on March 25th, April 8th, and May 13th from 5PM until 8PM in Downtown Laurel! For more information on all things ‘Wine Down Downtown’ check out the page on our website by clicking here!

I’m Ready! I Want a Ticket!

If you will be joining us at Wine Down, you can purchase your tickets online here for $15! Make sure you select the corrcet day you would like and you must be 21 or older (ID required) to participate in wine tasting.We serve tastes that are equivalent to about a 2 ounce pour with pours being limited to 1 pour per person, per location. Also, there will be ONE entrance and check-in at the Laurel Main Street entry tent on the corner of Central Avenue & Magnolia Street. One unique aspect of this event is that your ticket is Laurel Main Street Wine Tumbler that changes every month!

Attend Wine Down March 25th to get this wine tumbler when you purchase a ticket to taste!

Fun for Everyone

Beer/Liquor/non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased from several downtown restaurants as well as The 5000, The Knight Butcher, Mimmo’s, Cafe La Fleur, The Loft, Shug’s, Lee’s Coffee & Tea, and Scotsman General Store will also be serving various drinks besides wine. Bring your kids and family to allow them to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather at the parks in downtown and some live music by The Classix at the TrustMark Art Park! We will also have BINGO cards at check-in that can be stamped at the businesses along Central Avenue and within the construction areas.

Limited Edition Wine Down Tees

‘Sip Sip, Horray!’ We will be selling limited edition Wine Down Downtown tees for $25 at the event & we will have sizes S-3X! T-shirts can be purchased when you check-in at the Laurel Main Street tent. These t-shirts will be first come first serve, so get to Downtown early to get yours!

We would like to extend a special thanks to our volunteers, downtown business owners, the City of Laurel, sponsors, and donations provided by Community Bank, Doc’s Eastside Wine and Liquor & George’s Wine and Liquor.

 

Meet the 2022 Chili Cook Off Judges!

The teams are doing final preparations until the big competition of the 2022 Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off in Downtown Laurel! Make sure to get your tickets and be ready to taste the best chili in Mississippi on Saturday, February 12th. The chili cook off judges are going to have a tough job of picking a winner.

 

Let’s Meet the Judges!

For the first time EVER, we’re choosing a Chili Cook-Off judge by random draw! All you have to do to enter is become a member of Laurel Main Street. The chance to be a 2022 judge comes along with playing the important role of being a supporter of Downtown Laurel’s bright future. To be entered into the drawing to become the surprise judge, head over to www.laurelmainstreet.com to become a Laurel Main Street member!

 

 

 

 

Elliot Bell is the chef and owner of Bird Dog on Short 7th Avenue here in Laurel, Mississippi, which he runs with his family. He has spent most of the last two decades working in various kitchen roles along highway 30A in Walton County Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk Durham is the director of Hometown and producer of Ben’s Workshop. He is so excited to call Laurel home – and to be a judge!  In Kirk’s 20+ years in TV, he’s produced cooking shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and Emeril Lagasse’s Eat the World.  Originally from California, he lives in Laurel with his wife, Christy, and son, Nolan – with a daughter in college in San Diego.

 

 

 

 

 

Jermarcus Ross is the Director of Tumbling at ACE Cheer of Laurel! He’s been serving Laurel as a mentor and leader for years. Recently, he’s been traveling more and experiencing various foods and cultural cuisines. He is super thrilled to see what the Chef’s throw at them. Jermarcus said that he will be sure to help bring energy and excitement to the judges’ panel!

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this event possible!

 

So much hard work goes into this event and it would not be possible without the incredible sponsors by our side! Thank you!

 

Signature Sponsor: Magnolia State Bank

Blazing Sponsors: B Clean, LLC & Jones County Board of Supervisors

Hot Sponsors: Sanderson Farms, The City of Laurel, Jones County Chamber of Commerce, and Southern Beverage Company

Spicy Sponsors: Mississippi Power & Mike Axton

Our Producers: B95 Country/Rock 104, Supertalk Laurel, Studio5fifty, The Laurel Shop, Shug’s Cookie Dough & Candy Bar, Jeremy Brooke, United Way of the Pine Belt, The Loft on Central Ave, Dunn Roadbuilders, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Endom Trailer

 

10th Annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off!

Do you smell that? That’s the smell of homemade chili cooking up for the 10th Annual Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off! Things are heating up and we have a great lineup for the competition!!

On Saturday, February 12, 2022, Downtown Laurel will host the Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off! This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this event! Join us from 11 AM until 3 PM in Downtown as some of the best cooks in the area serve up their best bowl of chili! In the previous years of the chili cook off, the event has been hosted on Central Avenue, but due to the construction, the event will be hosted on Magnolia and Oak Street. We look forward to bringing this event back to its home on Central avenue next year.

Where can I buy a ticket?

Chili will be sold by the ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ $15 entry and by the ‘Bottomless’ $30 keepsake pottery bowl. The bottomless bowls are handcrafted by local potter, Jeremy Brooke, as pictured above. Each team is given tasting cups by which to serve chili. $15 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! You can purchase tickets by following this link!

Handcrafted, pottery bowls by Jeremy Brooke that are being sold for the ‘Bottomless’ Chili Cook Off tickets.

Don’t forget to bring the whole family to this event! There will be Coke products, beer, and live music! Also, kids under the age of twelve can grab a hot dog at the Magnolia State Bank Hospitality Tent, sample the chili, and enjoy the festivities for FREE! Although we love our furry friends, we ask that you leave your pets at home for this event.

Who picks the winners?

There will be a panel of qualified judges that will be picking the Chili Cook Off winners! Check out our blog to Meet the Judges to find out who is picking the 10th Annual Chili Cook Off winner!!!

What are the prizes?

The prizes awarded to the winners are 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 Jeremy Brooke
  • Spirit Tent Theme Award: $200 & Hand-crafted pottery by Jeremy Brooke

Previous winners of the Chili Cook Off.

Thank you to all of the amazing sponsors, participants, and Magnolia State Bank for this amazing event year after year!

We are so excited to be hosting this event for the 10th year, and we look forward to seeing you in Downtown Laurel On Saturday, February 12th @11 PM – 3 PM for the Magnolia State Bank Chili Cook Off!!

 

 

Holidays Downtown in Laurel

Holidays Downtown in Laurel have already begun, but the events get bigger and better as the month progresses.

By now, everyone has started Christmas shopping, and we hope you are shopping local! Cherish the special moments that come with the holidays, and spend the holidays downtown in Laurel and Christmas season to savor these precious moments.

Bancorp Tree Lighting

On Friday, December 3rd @6 PM, the Mayor of Laurel will be lighting the city Christmas tree in Pinehurst Park sponsored by BancorpSouth!  Enjoy music by First United Methodist Church, and indulge in a cup of hot cocoa from local businesses to stay warm!

Sertoma Christmas Parade

Following the Downtown Tree Lighting @7 PM on Friday, December 3rd is the 39th annual Laurel Sertoma Christmas parade!  Delight in ‘The Blessing of Christmas’ downtown. The parade will begin east on Mason Street and end on Sawmill Road. The Grand Marshal will be the Honey Island Clydesdales. Also, the Coca-Cola Christmas truck will also be featured in the parade.

Kiwanis Pancake Day

The Kiwanis Club of Laurel will be hosting the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day on Saturday, December 4th from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the YWCO located at 428 West Oak Street and First Baptist Church of Laurel located at 607 West 5th Street. Dine-in or to-go plates will be available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from a Kiwanis Club member. This event is a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club of Laurel with the proceeds going to scholarships at local schools. Come enjoy the tradition of all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage!

Laurel Mercantile 5th Anniversary

Head downtown to the Laurel Mercantile Co., owned by Ben and Erin Napier as seen on HGTV’s Hometown, on Saturday, December 4th to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the store! There will be vendors on the lawn, carolers, and more to help celebrate Laurel Mercantile Co.!

Magic of Downtown

Come experience the ‘Magic of Christmas’ in Downtown Laurel on December 17th from 5:00 until 9:00 PM!  There will be more details to come soon, but the evening will be filled with shopping, Christmas cheer, and holiday activities!

Downtown Countdown

Stay tuned for a blog post full of details for Laurel’s New Year’s Eve celebration! Here is a little sneak peek…we WILL be dropping the pine cone at midnight!

 

Wine Down is Winding Down for 2021

October’s Wine Down Downtown Laurel Main Street Wine Tumbler.

The last Wine Down Downtown for the year is in Downtown Laurel, Mississippi, on Friday, November 12th, from 5-8 PM! Head Downtown as Wine Down is winding down for the year for a relaxing night of wine tasting.  

What’s happening in Laurel in November?

Wine Down Downtown is a wine tasting event hosted by Laurel Main Street during various months throughout the year. Tasting stations are located at the businesses in the walkable downtown area, and a vast range of wines will be available. Tastes of about 2 ounces are served to all guests who have their ticket, which is your wine tumbler purchased at check-in.

How do I purchase a ticket for Wine Down?

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the check-in on Central Avenue, Front Street, or online via Eventbrite. Your ticket for tasting at Wine Down is a re-usable Laurel Main Street wine tumbler! The color of the wine tumbler changes for each month. You must be 21 to purchase/ID required to buy wine tumblers/tickets. When you come to Wine Down, you are buying a ticket and a Laurel souvenir all in one!

Eventbrite Pre-Event Ticket Purchase:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-down-downtown-tickets-167772673583 

The Classix, the featured band for the October event. DJ Peaches will be entertaining everyone at Wine Down in November at the Trustmark Art Park.

Not a wine drinker?  Shop and enjoy a good time!!

If you are not a wine drinker, there is still something for you at Wine Down! The businesses participating in Wine Down Downtown will be open for extended hours for this event from 5-8 PM. Enjoy some early Christmas shopping at Wine Down!  There may be some great deals going on during this event. You can also enjoy live music at the TrustMark Art Park during this time by DJ Peaches for free! The Art Park is an excellent space for you to sit back, relax, and if you have kids, this is a wonderful space for them to play! 

November 12th is the very last Wine Down of 2021, so you do not want to miss this event!! Let’s relax, enjoy a good time, and wind down for 2021 at Wine Down Downtown before the holidays begin.

Wine not come to the last Wine Down of 2021?? We will see you soon!