Burnin' Down Main

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 a.m. 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. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Other activities include:

Touch-A-Truck | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 100 block of East Marlin
Free Face Painting | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Marlin & Main Streets
Live Music | Sam Unruh | 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Marlin & Main Streets

Wear your wristband into Noffy's for Craft Beer specials and $1 of each beer sold will be donated to the Downtown Beautification Fund.

Thinking of entering the contests? Contests are open to everyone. See entry forms and rules or contact McPherson Main Street at 620.241.7430. Total prize package is over $2,600.

Volunteers are needed and can SIGN UP HERE

Date & Location


October 6, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tasting
Downtown Plaza
Main & Marlin Streets

Shuttle services will be available to and from Kansas Barn Sale in Lakeside Park

More Information


620.241.7430
mainst@mcphersonks.org
Poster promoting chili cookout using a red chili pepper wearing a sombrero and holding a bowl of chi

Contest Forms & Cook-Off Information

Thank You to Our 

Corporate Sponsors


Ellene McKean & Associates
Emprise Bank
First Bank Kansas
Hutton Construction
McPherson CVB
Peoples Bank & Trust
Rinse & Roll Car Wash
The Cooks Nook
Venable Jewelers
Wendy's