Marion Downtown is now accepting applications for the 31st Annual Marion Downtown Chili Cook-off, set for SATURDAY night, July 22nd. Applications may be picked up at Marion Town Hall or by visiting www.marionva.org.
Chili teams will compete on Main Street for over $500 in cash and trophies, and most importantly, bragging rights for “The Best Chili in Town.” Local judges score the concoctions based upon appearance, aroma, texture, spiciness, and overall taste. Teams are encouraged to showcase their originality too, with a trophy and cash prize for “showmanship” on the line. Chili team entry fee is $50, and all teams must obtain a temporary food permit from the Virginia Department of Health.
Interested in part…icipating in the Chili Championship? Want to set up as a food or activity vendor? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to enter is July 10th.
This year, cars, trucks and motorcycles will take over Broad Street, where the car show will have its own designated area! Participants vehicles are showcased on Broad Street, and commemorative dash plaques are rewarded to the first 100 participants. Trophies for “People’s Choice, “Participants Choice, and “Best in Show” for cars and motorcycles winners will be announced on Broad Street at 4pm. Entry fee is $25, where $5 will be donated to the Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club. All participants MUST register on-site beginning at 10am. ***YOU MUST ENTER THROUGH LEE STREET*** In addition, Jigsaw Jane will be performing LIVE on Broad Street beginning at 12pm!
At 2pm, participating restaurants will open up for outdoor seating and beer gardens.
This year, downtown will have two music stages. Yes, you read that correctly. TWO! The Main Stage will be located at the intersection of Commerce and Main Streets. The Chili Stage will be located in front of Marion Town Hall at the upper end of the street.
At 5pm, NewTown takes the main stage at the lower end of Main Street.
Also at 5pm at the Chili Stage, Marion Downtown will be hosting “The Hungriest Mother Great American Food Challenge,” featuring delectable’s from downtown eateries for the gastronomic adventurers! Ten participants for each contest. Mountain Dew,, pickled eggs, pies, pizza, hot wings and more!
At 6pm, Chili Tasting bracelets go on sale ($5 per person) and chili is ready for tasting!
Also at 6pm, Marcus Boyd Band will be performing again in downtown Marion for the second time this summer. Join the band as they perform on the chili stage in front of Marion Town Hall!
And the music just keeps getting bigger and better! At 7pm, Annabelle’s Curse takes the main stage.
At 7:30pm, Chili Championship winners will be announced on the Chili Stage in front of Marion Town Hall!
Remember Virginia Ground? They’re back in business, and will be performing LIVE at the Chili Cook-off at 8pm on the chili stage!
Back by popular demand, headlining the event is none other than Folk Soul Revival, set to perform on the main stage at 9pm.
FREE SHUTTLE ALL WEEKEND: Free shuttle service for all 3 days during Hungry Mother Festival hours will be provided by District Three Public Transit with free bus rides between the Farmer’s Market in downtown Marion and Hungry Mother State Park and another bus within the Hungry Mother State Park with rides between the Boat Dock/Restaurant and the parking lot at Hemlock Haven. These free bus rides will depart each day on a schedule of every 30 minutes from the Farmer’s Market in downtown Marion beginning at 9:30am and go directly to the Hungry Mother State Park Boat Dock/Restaurant. The last free shuttle ride of the day back to downtown Marion departing Hungry Mother State Park Boat Dock/Restaurant will be at 6:00pm on Friday, 6:00pm on Saturday, and 5:00pm on Sunday. For more information and a complete schedule visit : www.district-three.org/
This event is sponsored by: The Town of Marion, Mountain States Health Alliance, The Bank of Marion, WOLD 103.5, FM94, Wells Fargo, Blue Ridge Beverage, Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club, Marion Police Department and more!
For Chili Championship or vendor information, or general information about events in Marion, please contact Olivia McDonald, Executive Director of Marion Downtown, at 276-783-4190 or email email@example.com