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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!

2022 SCHEDULE

25th Annual National Cornbread Festival

 All times are Central Daylight Time 

Souvenirs pre-sale in April

  • Beginning April 11th  (National Cornbread Headquarters, 221 S Cedar Ave, South Pittsburg, TN 37380)
    • Monday – Tuesday 10 am – 4 pm CST
    • Wednesday – Friday 1 pm – 4 pm CST

Saturday, April 2

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

Tuesday, April 19-24

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

Friday, April 22

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

Saturday, April 23

  • 6:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk Registration (Registration will be located at the Tower Community Bank Stage)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk (Starting in front of Lodge Cast Iron)
  • 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 (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)
  • 10:30 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)
  • 12:30 p.m. – 2022 Miss National Cornbread Festival Contest Winners Introduced (First Volunteer Stage)
  • 1:00 pm – Hannah Dasher (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. – Ben Haggard (First Volunteer Stage)

Sunday, April 24

  • 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. – Cornbread Fondo (Starting at South Pittsburg Municipal Park/Boat Dock)
  • 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)
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lodge Cast Iron 101 –  Cooking & Caring for Cast Iron Cookware (Cook-off Side Tent)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Corey Layne (First Volunteer Stage)
  • 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. – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (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 sponsored by The Drug Store

Cracker Barrel – Rotary Club 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. 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!