Marion, Virginia

31st Annual Marion Downtown Chili Cook-off, Car Show and Music Event

Once again, Marion's biggest event of the year is set for the third full weekend in July. For over thirty years, the Chili Cook-off  has become a homecoming event for locals, and a must-see experience for out-of-towners.

This year, Marion Downtown is expanding the event even more, and you don't want to miss this FREE event! From kids activities to one of the region's best car shows, to a Chili Championship and food eating competitions, to outdoor seating and beer gardens, to LIVE music performances from some of the regions favorite bands - you're bound to have a great time!

10am - "Shine 'n  Show" Car and Motorcycle Show on Broad Street sponsored by FM94, The Bank of Marion and The Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club - 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!

Main Street will be closed Saturday from Sheffey Street to Pendleton Street beginning at 12noon for event setup.

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!

At 5pm, NewTown takes the main stage at the lower end of Main Street. Based out of Lexington, Kentucky, the band features five artists demonstrating a vast array of acoustic music styling. Bringing a feel of "Newgrass" sounds, they create a unique sound that can definitely be appreciated in Southwest Virginia.

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, hush puppies, 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! A native of Southwest Virginia, Boyd has a love for country music and Marion.

And the music just keeps getting bigger and better! At 7pm, Annabelle's Curse takes the main stage.

Annabelle’s Curse is a five-piece alternative folk band hailing from Bristol TN/VA, and sort of like the town where they were born, their music sits on the border between two places. One place finds them unplugged, on a large front porch, reveling in the old folk songs that they were raised on while their nearest and dearest friends and family drink and sing along. The other place is plugged in, awash in neon lights and drunk on the rock and roll spirit that drives them to leave the porch, pile in a van, and play long into the night while the anonymous drinkers dance. Their music feels like these two different places at the same time, but like the city that they call home, it’s just two sides of one place and one sound – a sound that they can truly call their own.

At 7:30pm, Chili Championship winners will be announced on the Chili Stage!

Remember Virginia Ground? They're back in business, and will be performing LIVE at the Chili Cook-off at 8pm on the chili stage! Virginia Ground plays such a unique style of music that they created their own genre just to describe it: That is the Appalachiaphonic. Continuing to impress everyone throughout the Southwest Region, we're excited to have them perform in Marion!

Back by popular demand, headlining the event is none other than Folk Soul Revival, set to perform on the main stage at 9pm. The band is a favorite throughout the region, and has performed at festival's throughout Southwest Virginia and the Tri-cities. They aim to please their fans with their radio-ready lyrics, driving melodies and amazing vocals - you don't want to miss their live performance on Main Street in downtown Marion during the biggest event of the year!


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 :

This event is sponsored by: The Town of Marion, Mountain States Health Alliance, The Bank of Marion, WOLD 103.5, FM94, Wells Fargo, Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club,The Town of Abingdon, Marion Police Department and more!

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Event Details


Downtown Marion, Main Street


Jul 22, 2017
10:00am - 11:00pm