Normally held the first weekend of April in conjunction with the Green Market at the Corinth Depot, event officials announced this week the 10th annual cookoff will take place on Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday, May 27.
“Several of the key cookoff people – including myself – have had some complications the last few months that prevented us from holding the cookoff around our normal date,” said Steve Knight, cookoff chair. “It was a tough decision to move it, but we just couldn’t pull it off in time.”
Knight said his committee agreed the event had to be postponed and not canceled for the year.
“We never had any intention on cancelling the cookoff – we’ve been going strong for 10 years and we have no plans of stopping,” he added.
The popular event features professional chili cookers from across the country as they vie for cash prizes and a coveted ticket to the International Chili Society World Cookoff. Categories hosted by the local cookoff will include traditional red chili, chili verde and salsa.
A People’s Choice category will also return.
“As always, locals will be encouraged to enter our People’s Choice chili competition for bragging rights and a cash prize,” added Knight.
A People’s Choice chili tasting event will also be held with all proceeds benefiting the non-profit Crossroads Museum.
Although plans are still in the early stages, Knight said right now the cookoff needs sponsors to help make the event happen.
“We have the support of the Tourism office (Corinth Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau) as always and in the coming weeks we will be reaching out to our previous supports in hopes that they’ll want to help again,” said the chairman.
Interested cookoff sponsors and volunteers can contact Knight at 662-415-8641.