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Schedule of Events

Your weekend can be as full or relaxed as you’d like – there’s always something going on at the National Cornbread Festival. Use this schedule to plan what you want to see and when you need to be there. Find the fun!

2021 SCHEDULE

24th Annual National Cornbread Festival

 All times are Central Daylight Time 

Souvenirs pre-sale in April

  • Info coming soon! (National Cornbread Headquarters, 221 S Cedar Ave, South Pittsburg, TN 37380)

Saturday, April 17

  • 6:00 p.m. – Miss National Cornbread Contest Pageant (The Princess Theater)

Tuesday, April 20-22

  • Week-long Carnival by Kissel Rides begin
  • Weeknights after 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday after 10:00 a.m.

Friday, April 23

  • 6:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Street Dance with 1st Generation Band
  • 10:00 p.m. – Fireworks Display

Saturday, April 24

  • 5K Run/Walk Registration will begin at: 6:30 a.m. CDT
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk
  • 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Festival Hours
  • 9:30 a.m. – 5K Race Results and Awards (Tower Community Bank Stage)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Cast Iron Cooking Demo with Executive Chef Shannon Johnson & Chef Kris Stubblefield (Cook-off Stage)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Bluegrass, Old Time, Traditional Jam Tent by Moss Motor Co
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Tours of Historic Neighborhoods (sign up @ Light #3)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Classic Car Cruise-in at the Dixie Freeze
  • 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Cast Iron Use & Care Demonstration (Cook-off Side Stage)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Lodge Foundry Tours
  • 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. – Lodge Cast Iron® National Championship Cornbread Cook-off (Cook-off Stage)
  • 11:15 a.m. – 2020 Miss National Cornbread Festival Contest Winners Introduced (First Volunteer Stage)
  • 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – How to Sear a Steak Demo (Cook-off Side Tent)
  • 2:45 p.m. – National Cornbread Festival Cook-Off Winners Announced (Cook-off Stage)
  • 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Lodge Cast Iron 101 –  Cooking & Caring for Cast Iron Cookware (Cook-off Side Tent)
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Lodge Head to Head Chef Challenge (Cook-off Stage)
  • 5:00 p.m. – The Kentucky Headhunters, Rock meets bluegrass with roots of Blues and Country (First Volunteer Stage)

Sunday, April 25

  • 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast for Marion County Children’s Fund (Cook-off Stage)
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Community Worship Service (Tower Community Bank Stage)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Tours of Historic Neighborhoods (sign up @ Light #3)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Cooking Demo (Cook-off Side Tent)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Lodge Cooking Demo  (Cook-off Stage)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Lodge Foundry Plant Tours
  • 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Bluegrass, Old Time, Traditional Jam Tent by Moss Motor Co
  • 11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. – Seasoning 101 (Cook-off Side Tent)
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Cooking Demo (Cook-off Side Tent)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Lodge Cooking Demo  (Cook-off Stage)
  • 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Cast Iron Collectors Meetup (Lodge 3rd Street Employee Center)
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lodge Cast Iron 101 –  Cooking & Caring for Cast Iron Cookware (Cook-off Side Tent)
  • 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – 4-H Cook-off   (Cook-off Stage)
  • 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Food Demos & Samplings (Cook-off Side Tent)
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4-H Cook-off Winners Announced (Cook-off Stage)
  • 3:00 p.m. – William Michael Morgan, Country Music Artist (First Volunteer Stage)

All Weekend

  • Festival Foods – Southern Cooking and Dishes from across the USA
  • Cornbread Alley – Samples of cornbread recipes galore
  • Free cornbread fritter samples throughout the festival – Look for the flags
  • Non-Stop Entertainment on four stages
  • Entertainers located at The Princess Theatre, First Volunteer Stage, Tower Community Bank Stage, and the 3rd Street Stage
  • Cornbread Eatin’, Buttermilk Chuggin’, Ice Cream Eatin’, and Frozen T-shirt Contests
  • 100 Juried Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • Official NCF Souvenirs
  • Children’s Activities at Kid’s Corner by The Drug Store

Cracker Barrel – Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

Make sure to join us on Sunday, April 26 from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. for fresh sausage and milk, coffee, or juice with a stack of hotcakes dripping in butter and syrup. It’s just $5 per plate. Proceeds benefit the Marion County Children’s Fund.

Come on down and have a hearty breakfast that’ll fuel you for a day of fun!

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