Grand Prairie, TX

Festivals & Special Events

Besides the great shopping, there's always something fun happening at the market. Festivals and special events are planned year-round: Kids Fest, Big Mamou Cajun Festival, Mariachi Festival, Native American Indian Pow Wow, Auto Swap Meet, Craft Beer & BBQ Fest and so much more! See the listing below for more information.

Saturday, April 9th 2011

36th Prairie Dog Chili Cookoff


A Texas-size salute to the official state dish will be served up at the 36th Annual Prairie Dog Chili Cookoff and World Championship of Pickled Quail Egg Eating on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Traders Village in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Cooking teams from near and far will compete for $5,000 in cash prizes by displaying their culinary and showmanship talents with a Texas-size salute to the official state dish. FREE, continuous activities will be on tap all day long.

And don’t miss the granddaddy of them all “The World Championship of Pickled Quail Egg Eating”. Where contestants see how many jalapeno soaked quail eggs they can eat in 60-seconds. This world-renowned Traders Village contest chomped in at #5 in the Travel Channels Top Ten all-time great eating contest in the world. This year’s events are sponsored in part by Ben E. Keith Foods and Pepsi.

While chili cooking is the main purpose of this celebration, having fun is the underlying reason for participating. Zany chili and team names, inventive costumes, elaborate cooksite setups, and audience involvement by teams all ensure the public shares in the good times.

This Traders Village event has become a “must” stop on the chili cooking trail. Many ‘chiliheads’ can trace their first attempt at cooking a bowl of red to this Grand Prairie event. This event brings together families, friends, and fun. So, if you’ve never been to a full-blown Texas Chili Cook Off, now is the time, at the Traders Village version of a great Lone Star Tradition. It is a “must” see event for the whole family.

Traders Village is located at 2602 Mayfield Road in Grand Prairie, off Highway 360, or one-mile north of I-20. The market is open every Saturday and Sunday, there is no admission charge and parking is only $3.00 per vehicle. For info call, 972-647-233l.

Further information about the entering the cook-off can be found in the attached documents. You may also email Amy Moore at

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Market Hours

Open Saturday & Sunday

Best Shopping Times

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Parking $4

Vendor Gates Open 7 a.m.


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