Marion, Virginia

33rd Annual Marion Downtown Chili Cook-off

Marion Downtown is now accepting applications for the 33rd Annual Marion Downtown Chili Cook-off, set for Saturday, July 20th. Applications may be picked up at Marion Town Hall or by clicking HERE.

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:

  • $50 Now - Friday, June 28th
  • $75 after June 28th - Monday, July 8th

Deadline to Enter is July 8th!!

All teams must obtain a temporary food permit from the Virginia Department of Health, & you can recieve that by calling (276) 781-7450

Interested in participating in the Chili Championship? Want to set up as a food or activity vendor? Contact Cyndi McCloskey at (276) 378-5029 or by EMAIL

Broad St. will be taken over by this years Car Show show casing, cars, trucks and motorcycles alike!

  • 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

Entry Fee:

  • $25, where $5 will be donated to the Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club.
  • All participants MUST register on-site beginning at 10am.


Also 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.

At 7:30pm, Chili Championship winners will be announced on the Chili Stage in front of Marion Town Hall!


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, Blue Ridge Beverage, Iron Warriors Motorcycle Club, Marion Police Department and more!

For Chili Championship or Vendor Information:

Contact Cyndi McCloskey at (276) 378-5029 or by EMAIL

General Information about Events in Marion:

Contact Ken Heath, Executive Director of Marion Community & Economic Development, at 276-378-5026 or by EMAIL

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Event Details


Downtown Marion, VA


Jul 20, 2019
11:00am - 10:00pm