South Pittsburg, Tennessee
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Thank you for joining us! updates for next year’s festival will begin in late winter of 2018.

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!

2018 SCHEDULE

22nd Annual National Cornbread Festival

 All times are Central Daylight Time 

Saturday, April 21

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

Tuesday, April 24

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

Friday, April 27

  • 6:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Street Dance
  • 10:00 p.m. – Fireworks Display

Saturday, April 28

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 10:00 a.m. – National Championship Cook-off (Cook-off Stage)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Lodge Foundry Plant Tours
  • 1:00 p.m. – Nashville Songwriters (Keith Anderson, J.T. Harding, & Phil Barton)  (Princess Theatre)
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2017 Miss National Cornbread Festival Contest Winners Introduced (First Volunteer Stage)
  • 1:45 p.m. – National Cornbread Festival Cook-Off Winners Announced (Cook-off Stage)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Lodge Cooking Demo –  Chef Shannon Johnson & Chef Kris Stubblefield (Cook-off Stage)
  • 3:00 p.m. – National Championship Cook-Off Heat (Cook-off Stage)
  • 3:45 p.m. – Lodge Head to Head Chef Challenge – Chef Bill vs Chef Nick from Virginia College Culinary School (Cook-off Stage)
  • 5:00 p.m. – Exile performing “I Want To Kiss You All Over” and other huge hits from the country and top 40 charts (First Volunteer Stage)

Sunday, April 29

  • 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)
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Festival Hours
  • 10:30 a.m. – Lodge Cooking Demo with Chef Matthew from Chattanooga State Culinary School (Cook-off Stage)
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lodge Cooking Demo with Chef Tamie Cook & Chef Cynthia Graubert (Cook-off Stage)
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4-H Cook-off  (Cook-off Stage)
  • 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
  • 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Bluegrass, Old Time, Traditional Jamming Tent
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Lodge Cast Iron 101 –  Cooking & Caring for Cast Iron Cookware (Cook-off Tent)
  • 2:00pm – Mega-popular Doyle Lawson & QuickSilver performing Derailed, The Life of a Hard Working Man and other huge hits
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4-H Cook-off Winners Announced (Cook-off Stage)

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 28 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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