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!


Public tasting of the soup and chili begins at 11:30am and ends at 1:30pm. A $5 wristband will get you a sample of each delicious entry and the opportunity to vote for your favorite Soup, Chili and best Team Spirit. Wristbands wearers can also sample multiple desserts after the Dessert Contest judging.

Free pumpkins are offered to the first 100 kids with paint available for decorating! Touch-A-Truck will be going on in the 100 block of East Marlin from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The kids can get an up-close and personal look at some of the emergency vehicles, farm equipment, and other cool vehicles they see every day!

Thinking of entering the contests? They are open to everyone! Entry forms and rules are posted on the event page or feel free to contact Ann Engel, director of McPherson Main Street at 620-241-7430. The total prize package is over $2,000.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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

Contest Forms & Documents

General Cook-Off Information

Burnin' Down Main Photos