Burnin' Down Main Chili & Soup Cook-Off 

Get excited for everyone’s favorite fall event in Downtown McPherson! We have lots of fun, family-friendly activities in the works again this year that are sure to not disappoint!

Burnin' Down Main Activities


Public tasting of the soup and chili will be held from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. All participants must purchase a $5 wristband to receive a sample of each entry and the opportunity to vote for Soup, Chili and Team Spirit. Wristbands also provide the chance to sample multiple desserts after the Dessert Contest judging. Still hungry? There will be plenty of chili donated by Wendy's, which is included in the wristband price. We invite local non-profit groups to sell water and soft drinks. 

Free pumpkins will be given to the first 100 kids with paint available for decorating on site. Other activities include:

Touch-A-Truck | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | 100 block of East Marlin
Free Face Painting | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Live Music .
Corn Hole Tournament 
Pie Eating Contest | 1:30 p.m.

Thinking of entering the contests?  Contests are open to everyone. Entry forms and rules will be posted closer to the date, or contact McPherson Main Street at 620-241-7430. The total prize package is over $2,600.

Volunteers are needed and can SIGN UP HERE

Contest Forms & Cook-Off Information

Dessert Ingredient for 2018 will be Peanut Butter

Thank You to Our Sponsors


A huge thank you to our sponsors for this exciting event: