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Cornbread Festival April 23 – 24

Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 11:40 am

The National Cornbread Festival, an annual event held the last full weekend of April, features attractions, events, cook-offs, and seven stages of entertainment including 14-time Grammy Award winning Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, family fun, and of course plenty of cornbread for the tens of thousands of festival goers.

cornbreadNational Cornbread Festival 5K Run/Walk

The annual 5K will be held April 23, with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m., at the Citizens Park Stage. The race begins at 8 a.m.

The deadline for early entry is March 15, and the cost is $25. The cost for racers who sign up on or before April 15 is $30. After April 15, the cost will be $35. You may sign up the day of the event.

Entry fee includes dri-fit race shirt, festival entry, entry into Cornbread Alley and festival memorabilia.

Racers will enjoy the scenery as the course weaves through historic South Pittsburg neighborhoods and finishes on 4th Street by South Pittsburg Elementary School.

4-H Cook-off finalists

The National Cornbread Festival is pleased to announce the ten finalists for the 4-H Cornbread Cook-off to be held in South Pittsburg, Tennessee during the 20th annual Festival on April 23 and 24. Ten fourth grade 4-H Club members were selected from numerous creative entries.

On the morning of Saturday, April 23, finalists in the youth competition will prepare their Martha White cornmeal dishes in a Lodge cast-iron skillet on Five Star Professional Cooking Equipment under a tent surrounded by family and friends in the middle of the festival grounds. David Karnes, WRCB Chief Meteorologist will emcee the cook-off event.

First heat, 9:30 a.m.: Natalie Beecken, South Pittsburg Elementary School, Banana Foster Explosion; Grayson Mollinet, Richard Hardy Memorial School, Grayson’s Triple Threat Cajun Cornbread; Zaya Hill, Jasper Elementary School, Caramel Apple Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread; Roscoe Cantrell, Whitwell Elementary School, Strawberry Cornbread Delight; and Zachary Tierney, South Pittsburg Elementary School, Zachary’s Campfire Blast.

Second heat, 10:45 a.m.: Laurel Cox, Cascade Elementary School, Bedford County, Taco-tastic Cornbread; Blake Thompson, Spring City Elementary School, Rhea County, Buffalo Chicken Cornbread; Lillian Mitchell, Richland Elementary, Giles County, Spinach and Artichoke Cornbread; Devin Grant, East Side School, Cannon County, Devin’s Bacon Cornbread Cheesy Casserole; and Kelsye Carroll, Eastview Elementary School, Greene County, Apple Cinnamon Delight Cornbread.

This Festival was recently selected as one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association and it’s easy to see why with arts and crafts, a children’s corner with fun games and inflatables, the best festival concessions vendors, a general store, musicians jam tent and events that feature a huge carnival, beauty contest, classic car show, historic South Pittsburg tours, Lodge Manufacturing tours, pancake breakfast, 5K road race, and church service.