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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!

21st Annual National Cornbread Festival

 All times are Central Daylight Time 

Saturday, April 22

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

Tuesday, April 25

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

Friday, April 28

  • 6:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
  • 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Street Dance
  • 9:00 p.m. – Fireworks Display

Saturday, April 29

  • 8:00 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk
  • 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Festival Hours
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5K Race Results and Awards (Tower Community Bank Stage)
  • 9:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. – 4-H Cornbread Cook-Off Heats (2nd Street Cook-Off Stage)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Bluegrass, Old Time, Traditional Jamming Tent
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Tours of Historic Neighborhoods (sign up @ Light #3)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Classic Car Cruise-in at the Dixie Freeze
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Lodge Foundry Plant Tours
  • 12:00 p.m. – 4-H Cook-Off Winners Announced (First Volunteer Stage)
  • 1:00 p.m. – National Championship Cook-Off Heat (Cook-Off Stage)
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2016 Miss National Cornbread Festival Contest Winners Introduced (First Volunteer Stage)
  • 3:00 p.m. – National Championship Cook-Off Heat (Cook-Off Stage)
  • 5:00 p.m. – National Cornbread Festival Cook-Off Winners Announced (First Volunteer Stage)

Sunday, April 30

  • 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast for Marion County Children’s Fund (2nd Street Cook-Off Stage)
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Community Worship Service (Tower Community Bank Stage)
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Festival Hours
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Tours of Historic Neighborhoods (sign up @ Light #3)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Lodge Foundry Plant Tours
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Bluegrass, Old Time, Traditional Jamming Tent

Join us for
our 21st Annual Festival.

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All Weekend

  • Festival Foods – Southern Cooking and Dishes from across the USA
  • Cornbread Alley – Samples of Cornbread Recipes Galore
  • Non-Stop Entertainment on four stages
  • The Princess Theatre, First Volunteer Stage, Tower Community Bank Stage, and the Gazebo
  • Cornbread Eatin’, Buttermilk Chuggin’, Ice Cream Eatin’, and Frozen T-shirt Contests
  • Juried Arts & Crafts Vendors
  • Official NCF Souvenirs
  • Children’s Activities at Cornbread Kid’s Corner
  • Dutch Oven Cooking and Chuck Wagon Cooking Demonstrations

Pancake Breakfast

Make sure to join us on Sunday, April 24 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.

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

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