Joplin Empire Market announces annual chili competition

Jan. 4—The Joplin Empire Market will host its fourth annual chili cookoff on Jan. 21.

It will be held during normal market hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 931 E. Fourth St.

Applications for contestants are now open at or through the Facebook event page.

Applications will be accepted until Jan. 14.

Contestants will bring their homemade chili for judging by a panel, and also for public tasting. Cash prizes and trophies will be given for first through third places, and a People's Choice Award also will be given. More details for contestants can be found on the applications.

Anyone with questions can contact Lindsay Gagnon at

The Downtown Joplin Alliance is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown community.