Burnin' Down Main

McPherson Main Street hosts the community's favorite fall event in Downtown McPherson.

Burnin' Down Main offers fun, family-friendly activities while serving up the best chili, soup and dessert in town!

Competing teams begin cooking as early as 6:30 a.m. and must have samples ready for the public tasting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All tasters must purchase a $5 wristband to receive a sample of each entry and to vote for Best Chili, Best Soup and Best Team Spirit. Wristbands also provide the chance to sample multiple desserts after the Dessert Contest judging.

Still hungry? Chili donated by Wendy's is also available with a wristband. Local non-profits also sell water and soft drinks.

Other Activities

Pumpkin Decorating
Free pumpkins given to the first 100 kids. Paint will be available for decorating on site.

Face Painting
Free face painting provided by Awaken Church.

Free inflatables to entertain children of all ages. 

Contest Rules & Entry Forms

Cook-off Rules and Guidelines 2019
Chili and Soup Entry Form 2019
Dessert Rules and Guidelines 2019
Dessert Entry Form 2019

Contact McPherson Main Street at 620.241.7430 for more information. 


Burnin' Down Main would not be possible without community volunteers. Sign up today!

Date & Location

October 3, 2020
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tasting
Downtown Plaza | Main & Marlin Streets

More Information

Animated red chili pepper wearing a sombrero and holding a bowl of chili
Event Sponsors

Emprise Bank
Hutton Construction
Rinse & Roll Car Wash
The Cook's Nook
Twice Told Tales
Venable Jewelers