- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - Local and professional chili cooks will battle it out when the Crossroads Chili Cook-Off returns to Corinth in April.

The seventh annual event is scheduled for April 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Corinth Depot in downtown Corinth.

The Daily Corinthian reports (https://bit.ly/1cpEkBs) proceeds will benefit the Corinth-Alcorn County Animal Shelter.

The cook-off will host a sanctioned International Chili Society competition, drawing an estimated 30 chili-cooking teams.

The ICS is a nonprofit organization that coordinates chili cook-offs worldwide for the benefit of charities and other nonprofit organizations.

“At our event, the winners in each category will be named Mississippi State Champion,” said Steve Knight, chili cook-off chairman. “If they win in Corinth, they will get a ticket to the World Championship Chili Cook-off in California.”

The local cook-off will feature three categories - red (traditional red chili), chili verde (green chili) and salsa.

There will also be a people’s choice competition allowing visitors to sample and vote for their favorite chili.

The cook-off is open to anyone, not just the pros, Knight said.

The cook-off will be held in conjunction with the Green Market at the Corinth Depot, which is beginning its sixth season as a selling spot for of locally produced goods.

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Information from: The Daily Corinthian.

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