Empire Market Seeks Contestants for 2024 Chili Cookoff

(Joplin, MO) – The 5th Annual Empire Market Chili Cookoff will be hosted at the Joplin Empire Market on Saturday, January 20. Judging will start at 10:30 am and tasting will be open to the public from immediately after the tasting until supplies run out.

Applications for contestants are open now and interested chefs can apply here or through the Empire Market’s Event Page on Facebook. Applications will be accepted until Saturday, January 13. The entry fee for each individual contestant is $20.

A list of rules and regulations will be available before payment and submission. Paper copies of the application and the contest rules are available at the Empire Market each Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until January 13.

Cash prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places as well as trophies for the People’s Choice winner and All Market Chili winner.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Downtown Joplin Alliance. For more information, please email Lindsay Gagnon at lindsay@downtownjoplin.com.

About Downtown Joplin Alliance: 

Downtown Joplin Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community as a thriving, safe and attractive center of art, history, enterprise, commerce, culture, residence and entertainment. Downtown Joplin is host to many monthly, seasonal, and annual events designed to encourage community involvement and stimulate the local economy.


Lindsay Gagnon, Market Director
Downtown Joplin Alliance

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