thursday 2

Downtown Chilifest

Tupelo teams cook up

pots for a good cause

A crisp October day (without rain, it is hoped) provides the perfect setting for the second Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association Chilifest today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a partitioned block of Broadway between Main and Troy streets.

Business, corporate, and nonprofit agency teams will make secret-recipe pots of chili to be judged at 10 a.m. A really big pot of chili from Jim Beane’s Barbecue in the downtown area will be sold for lunch, along with special tastings of contest chilis, and t-shirts with a colorful logo designed by Bart Galloway of the Daily Journal.

Profits benefit the Downtown Main Street Association’s activities, but the idea behind the mini-festival is a break from routine – especially in a year when civic morale has become an important national issue.

The $5 lunch is a bargain.

The hundreds who attended last year’s first fest say the good company is unmatched, and some will go home with their names and recipes written in the history of downtown Tupelo.