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Weekend Plans: Cook-off, Green Market" offer things to do in Corinth

Dicky Thrope of Shelbyville, Tenn. serves up his Hillbilly Chili at the 2018 Crossroads Chili Cook-off. Thrope returns for this weekend's local cook-off.

Staff photo by Mark Boehler

BY ZACK STEEN

zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

This Memorial Day weekend will welcome the return of two popular events to downtown Corinth.

The Crossroads Museum will host its biggest fundraisers of the year on Saturday with the kickoff to the 11th season of Green Market and the 12th annual Crossroads Chili Cook-off. Both events will be held at the Corinth Depot at 221 North Fillmore.

Postponed twice due to rain, the Green Market looks like it will finally be held with forecast of sunny skies.

The outdoor market will feature around 50 arts and crafts vendors from across the region selling everything from handmade jewelry, pottery, clothing, furniture and home decor to local honey and other homemade food goodies.

The free event will happen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CARE Honor Garden green space.

Food concessions will be available at Green Market or event goers can wait until 12 noon for the unlimited chili tasting.

An International Chili Society event, the Crossroads Chili Cook-off will spotlight professional chili cooks from across Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Illinois, Arkansas and Alabama. They'll vie for cash prizes and a coveted ticket to the ICS world chili championship.

A fundraiser for the nonprofit museum, the cook-off will allow the public the chance to taste an unlimited amount of championship chili during People's Choice and pick the best.

"For a $5 donation to the museum, a person will receive a chili tasting kit that will include cups, spoons, napkins and most importantly a judges card. After a person taste tests all the People's Choice chili, they'll be able to pick the winner by giving their favorite the card," said Brandy Steen, museum director. "The cook with the most cards at the end of the day will win the People's Choice $100 cash prize. It's a lot of fun."

The all-you-can-eat tasting will get started at noon and not end until the chili is gone. Attendees can also enjoy live music and free tours of the museum during the events.

There will be several locals cooking competition chili during the cook-off on Saturday including the Havis' Kids special needs group.

The team will enter the People's Choice chili tasting in hopes of taking the top spot. They'll also sell t-shirts and sweatshirts for $5 and offer $10 Rooster Run BBQ plate tickets and $20 chances on a Walt Disney World trip giveaway for a family of four.

Other weekend events:

• With heat indexes likely to reach into the triple digits, those in downtown on Saturday should head over to the Corinth Coca-Cola Museum for a ice cold refreshment.

The free admission museum, located a few blocks from the depot at 601 Washington Street, will offer free Coke Floats to all visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• The Shiloh National Military Park will host a special Memorial Day event on Saturday with Live Music on the Battlefield.

The free event will feature the 41st Army Jazz Band from Jackson and special guest Sandy Carroll. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m.

The all-day event will also include artillery demonstrations and junior ranger booth.

• Corinth's American Legion Post 6 will host a ceremony in the Corinth National Cemetery on Sunday afternoon.

Set for 2 p.m., the event will include featured speaker Bill Huff and the placing of wreaths on graves.

On Saturday morning, the public is also encouraged to join Boy Scouts in the annual flag placement ceremony beginning at 9 a.m.

• The Shiloh park will also host their annual Memorial Day observance on Monday at 11 a.m.

The event's keynote speaker is Captain Robert B. Jones.

The day will also feature music, reflective readings, patriotic salutes and the laying of a wreath on the grave of the unknown soldier. The park will provide ranger-led programs and demonstrations on the battlefield during the afternoon.