Chili Cook-Off, Green Market set for Saturday at Corinth Depot

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Organizers are in the final stages of preparation for next weekend’s third annual Crossroads Chili Cook-Off and the season’s first Green Market at the Corinth Depot.
Additional electrical outlet access is being installed in three areas on the grounds of the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau tourism office, the CARE Honor Garden and the Corinth Depot, which share a common area and parking lot.
Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day with the Chili Cook-Off event, so accommodating sound equipment is critical, and some Green Market vendors also need electrical outlet access.
“We’ve worked with Alcorn Electric to figure out the power needs and placement for the electrical boxes,” Cook-Off planner Steve Knight told CVB board members last month.
The CVB approved spending up to $4,000 for the work, with part of the cost being reimbursed by the CARE Foundation.
“We are getting the property ready for any kind of event that anyone would want to have,” said CVB Executive Director Kristy White. “The area is available to the community for private function, so the Chili Cook-Off Committee has designated proceeds from the People’s Choice chili contest to help pay for the electrical work also.
Families have used the CARE Garden for weddings and receptions, and proceeds from those events go to the Crossroads Museum, she said.

Local coffee
The Green Market introduces a special blend of coffee this year, called Green Market Brew.
“The coffee is locally grown in New Albany and we’re very excited to bring something new,” said Karen Beth Martin, CVB program manager and Green Market organizer. “Our committee had a tasting to select the roast we wanted to use. Let me make it clear that our ‘brew’ doesn’t refer to anything alcoholic.”
Two dozen or more vendors, who must bring items handmade or home grown within 100 miles of Corinth, have already registered and more have made verbal commitments.
“We’ll have baked goods, handmade furniture, jewelry, baby clothes, birdhouses, embroidered items, jams and jellies, herbs, handmade detergent, dog treats, fudge and peanut brittle, organic produce – just a wide variety of items,” Martin said.
The Green Market will be held at the Corinth Depot each first Saturday of the month from May through October, and vendors usually pay $10 per Saturday or $60 for the season. However, the fee is waived for any vendor selling at least 90 percent produce.
“We’ve had a couple more produce sellers to register, but we want to get as many of them coming as we can,” Martin said.

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Green Market Details
When: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Historic Corinth Depot, Wick at Filmore Street, Corinth
For more details and registration:;

Crossroads Chili
Cook-Off details
– When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for en-
– Where: Historic Corinth Depot,
Wick at Fillmore Street, Corinth
– For more details and registra-
tion information: sknight@tele-; http://www.xroads-

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